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Chris Morris, South African all-rounder, Retires from All forms of cricket

Chris Morris, South African all-rounder, Retires from All forms of cricket

A South African all-rounder, Chris Morris has announced his retirement from all game forms. Announcing the decision on Social Media, the 34-year-old said that he had accepted a coaching position with the domestic side Titans.

"Thanks to all who have played and a part in my journey whether it be big or small...it's been a fun ride!" the caption on his Instagram post read.

In 69 appearances for the Proteas across the three formats, Morris took 94 wickets. He was a gifted hitter in the lower order. He couldn't quite translate his talent into enormous contributions with the bat, aggregating a total of 774 international runs.

Chris Morris took up cricket very late, making his First-Class debut for North West at 22 in 2009. By 2011/12, though, he established himself as their leading bowler. He was the leading wicket-taker in the South African domestic T20 league with 21 wickets.

Chris Morris South African all rounder Retires from All forms of cricket 1Twitter image: @Tipo_Morris

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He broke through the ranks at the now-defunct Champions League in the 2012 season, where his franchise Lions made the final. That translated into a T20I debut later in the year and a call-up to the team's Champions Trophy squad in 2013.

During IPL auctions in 2013, Morris was bought by Chennai Super Kings for USD 650,000. The tournament remained kind to him, and his all-around skills earned him further big paydays during IPL 2016 (Delhi Daredevils) and IPL 2020 (Royal Challengers Bangalore). At the IPL 2021 auction, Morris was signed by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 16.25 crores - the most significant signing sum in the history of the tournament at the auction table.

Morris, who missed the 2015 World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, was a late call-up for the 2019 event after Anrich Nortje was injured. He ended that tournament as South Africa's leading wicket-taker but didn't feature in another game for the national team after that.

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