Australian batsman Marcus Harris needs a break after a gruelling season
"That would be the best thing for me.”
Updated - Apr 1, 2019 4:34 pm
Marcus Harris had a decent debut in international cricket this summer when he came into the Australian team for the Test series against India. The Victoria batsman scored 327 runs from six matches with two fifties and assured the Aussie selectors and team management about his potential to last the distance. Recently, the 26-year-old slammed 141 against New South Wales in the final of the Sheffield Shield in Melbourne and was adjudged the Man of the Match as Victoria won the match by 177 runs.
However, despite his great show with the willow in the domestic circuit this season, Harris knows that his place for the Ashes in England this year is not guaranteed. He even conceded that he is in desperate need for a break after an exhausting season that saw him be part of teams that won tournaments like One-Day Cup, BBL and Shield besides making his international debut.
Harris was the highest scorer in this Shield season
Harris scored 1,188 runs for Victoria this summer topping the scorers besides the runs he scored against India and Sri Lanka. His highest score in this time was 250 not out that he scored against New South Wales in Melbourne in October.
“I reckon I need a break,” Harris was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au after the match. “Coming out of the Test series into the Big Bash I was really knackered. But I knew if I could put everything into this last month of cricket then give myself a little break and be fresh for the winter, that would be the best thing for me.”
Harris gave one last major bite by slamming the 141 that paved the way for Victoria to pick their fourth Shield title in five seasons. It was also his third century in a Shield final.
The cricketer later said that he had thought of bagging a county contract to go to England to play red-ball cricket as part of the Ashes preparation but then backed off. The man will now head to Bali, Indonesia, to attend his best friend’s wedding and take off for the major part of April before returning to play for Australia ‘A’.