Cape Town - Chris Morris has struggled to get into the Proteas side in this ODI series, but after Friday night he will surely be one of the first names on the team sheet for Sunday's series finale in Cape Town.
Morris struck an explosive 62 from 38 balls at the Wanderers in the fourth ODI to rescue South Africa and catapult them to a 1-wicket win.
The result means that the series is tied at 2-2 going into the Valentine's Day decider.
Morris has broken into both the Test and ODI sides and he is also a member of the 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 in India.
And, according to his captain AB de Villiers, Friday night's performance was one that has the potential to have a major impact on his career.
"It’s knocks like that that shape a player. I think it’s
massive for Chris what happened tonight," De Villiers said after the match.
"This game is all about confidence and
finding ways to get confidence and knocks like this really lift someone above
that bar. We always knew what he was capable as a player at this level."
De Villiers also had praise for Farhaan Behardien, who got South Africa back into the game with David Wiese before he was expertly caught and bowled by Reece Topley for 38.
"Fudgie is a big-match player, he always has been," said De Villiers.
proved it time and time again at domestic level and he’s started to prove it
now at international level as well after the last year or so.
playing big knocks under pressure. Situations like tonight are huge pressure to
chase it down, and he is expected to do so.
"Unfortunately he got out there but
he set it up nicely for guys like Chris to come in and finish it off."
De Villiers recalled what it was like being 2-0 down in the series, and he hopes now that the momentum has swung back in his side's favour ahead of the decider.
know what it feels like being 2-0 down. It’s a horrible feeling and you don’t
really know where to go," he said.
"You just go out there and fight as much as you can and
I guess they’re in that boat now."
Sunday's clash starts at 10:00.