Has Marcus Harris booked his Ashes ticket?

By Aaron Callaghan

Just quietly Marcus Harris has put together an amazing summer of cricket.

The lively left handed opening batsmen showed he is set for a bright future in the Australian test match squad. Harris was selected on early shield form and showed some fantastic stroke making if at times not showing enough patience is building an innings at test level, instead of paying his dues down the ground, Harris often flashed at short wide deliveries, falling back on his beloved cut stroke. The Indian and Sri Lankan point fielder were always in the game when Harris was going hard at balls outside off.

Harris’s Sheffield Shield season looks like this

  • 18 Innings

  • 1188 Runs

  • 69.88 Batting Average

  • 3 Hundreds, 6 Fifties and a high score of 250 not out

Harris is the Sheffield Shield’s leading run scorer and was selected in all six tests throughout the Australian summer, averaging 32.70 with two half centuries. The crowning achievement of his summer with the blade is perhaps his first innings 141 to set Victoria up for a probably victory in the Sheffield Shield final.

Has Harris done enough to keep his spot in the Ashes squad?