Friday, May 8th, 2015

Skipper Says Morris New Ball Spells As Good As Richardson And Kabir At Their Best

Skipper Says Morris New Ball Spells As Good As Richardson And Kabir At Their Best

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell has hailed Charlie Morris's two new ball spells against Somerset as amongst the best he has seen during his decade as a player at New Road.

Morris bowled 11 overs on the trot with the new ball in both innings and was rewarded with four wicket and three wicket spells respectively.

Mitchell felt they were on a par with the likes of Kabir Ali and Alan Richardson at their best for Worcestershire.

Morris ended with career best match figures of 9-109 in Worcestershire's innings and 62 runs victory.

Mitchell said: "I said to the lads in the debrief after the game that I've seen some really good opening spells of bowling in the time I've been playing, the likes of Kabir Ali and Alan Richardson.

"I said those two spells from Charlie in both innings were up there with the best of them. To nip the first four out in pretty much both innings was a fantastic effort.

"He just does the simple things very well. He puts the balls in the right areas, hits the seam and things happen at New Road, particularly first thing in the morning."

Morris has the qualities that will inevitably attract interest from England if he continues to perform at such a high standard and Mitchell said: "I thought he should have been noticed already to be perfectly honest.

"He has good pace, he hits fantastic areas and for a 22-year-old the control he has got and the knowledge he has got is outstanding.

"He is hungry to learn, he works incredibly hard in the gym, he is the fittest lad in the squad probably, and he'll continue to go from strength to strength, I'm sure of that."

Meanwhile, Mitchell is understandably "not too worried" about his early season form and said "if you do the right things, it will turn at some point."

The 31-year-old enjoyed a magnificent 2014 campaign when he was the second highest run-scorer in Division Two of the LV = County Championship with 1,334 runs.

He was also Worcestershire's leading scorer in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Mitchell looked in good nick in making 27 against Somerset in testing conditions on the first morning before being adjudged lbw by a delivery which appeared to keep low from Alfonso Thomas.

He had also been on the receiving end of a harsh looking lbw decision after sharing in an opening stand of 57 with Richard Oliver during the second innings against Sussex at Hove.

Mitchell said: "I'm not too worried. I actually felt in pretty good nick against Somerset, more so than in the previous two games.

"I've worked hard, I've hit a lot a lot of balls and I've been around the block long enough to know if you do the right things it will turn at some point.

"Looking at my dismissals over the five innings, there have been some pretty good balls and a rough decision as well.

"It's just one of those things. I haven't made too many errors. I've had some decent deliveries."