Lance Morris wants the enforcer role at SCG as the hosts are keen on speed

“I don’t want to change my game too much. I’ll try to bowl fast and enjoy it as much as possible. That was my role in my first class career. It got me to where I am now. I want to try to stick with it.”

Morris has been a top-flight cricket player for just over two years, winning 59 wickets in 18 games and averaging 25. He’s also impressed at the Big Bash.

SCG Curator Adam Lewis.

SCG Curator Adam Lewis.Credit:Janie Barrett

With so much cricket at SCG this season through the Twenty20 World Cup and Big Bash, along with a one-day international and a Sheffield Shield match, there have been many reports of how the various pitches have been played.

SCG curator Adam Lewis believes the test pitch will play out much like the Shield game between NSW and Western Australia five weeks ago, when spinners claimed 21 of the 40 wickets came in a low-scoring game. NSW off-spinner Chris Green was player of the match on his debut with nine wickets.

“It will be different than in previous years,” Lewis said of the testing ground. “It’s rolled up really well, but there’s a little less grass.


“There’s also a bit of ryegrass in there, which is a cool season grass. It was a hard summer with cold and rain. It was difficult to grow weed for the warm season.”

This seems to give Ashton Agar the opportunity to play. His left arm finger spin would complement Nathan Lyon’s off spin. It would also mean Agar could bat at No. 7 with three top-flight centuries and a top Test cricket score of 98, making room for three fast bowlers along with the two spinners.

It would be a smooth climb up a spot for wicketkeeper Alex Carey to bat at No. 6 considering he has had a brilliant century in the Melbourne Test.

Playing Morris and Agar on a turning court would also give selectors a chance to see how the pair fare in conditions more similar to India than elsewhere in the country, with Australia’s next task being a four-Test tour of India in the is February and March.

With captain Pat Cummins sure to play, Morris, Scott Boland and Josh Hazlewood, who has recovered from lateral strain, would leave two fast bowling spots.

Until the selectors see the board, they have no idea which attack to choose.

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