Australia v West Indies, second Test, Pat Cummins replacement, Lance Morris, Scott Boland, fastest bowler in Australia, Adelaide

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Australia have brought the quickest bowler in the country into the Test squad as cover for injured skipper Pat Cummins.

Lance Morris is en route to Adelaide to join the Australian squad ahead of the second Test against the West Indies on Thursday, according to SEN.

The paceman regularly clocks over 150k/h for Western Australia and played a key role in their Sheffield Shield-winning side last summer.

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The 24-year-old is only rivalled by Tasmania’s Riley Meredith as Australia’s fastest bowler, with the ability to pass 150km/h.

Morris has taken 59 first class wickets at 25.08 in 15 games and will join the squad, but Scott Boland is still expected to be picked if Cummins fails to overcome a quad complaint.

Cummins didn’t bowl in the second innings of the first Test, which Australia won by 164 runs, and his movement in the field looked significantly limited.

Lance Morris of Western Australia celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Joe Burns of Queensland over the weekend. GettySource: Getty Images

The 29-year-old was injured while bowling in the first innings and told Fox Cricket after the game that he’ll see how he pulls up before making a decision on Adelaide.

“I’m not going too bad, I’ve got a little bit of a tight quad,” Cummins said.

“If (the first Test) got a bit tighter I was going to have a bowl but luckily it didn’t get too close.

“It feels fine, I’m just trying to be a little bit protective, obviously we have the Adelaide Test in four days so I’m hoping to be available for that, we’ll see how the next few days go.”

Speaking to Code Sports earlier this year, WA bowling coach Matt Mason provided some insight into the sort of speeds Morris can reach.

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“He’s right up there with the quickest I’ve ever seen. My mind goes back to a game last year in Tasmania. He hit 152km/h in his first over of the day, that’s extreme pace.

“He generally averages around the 145-147kmh which is as quick as any of the guys playing internationally anywhere in the world so he is right up there and he does it easy. It looks like it’s easy pace for him.

“It was great sometimes watching him and Jhye Richardson go toe-to-toe at net practice when we had the speed gun out. You could see Richo stick one down there at 145 and then Lance just crank one up at 147 just to let him know he’s around.”

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