Marcus Harris' ton keeps Gloucestershire in game against Glamorgan in County Championship Division two
The southpaw scored a magnificent 148 with the help of 20 boundaries in his innings.
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Marcus Harris scored a brilliant hundred during Day 3 of the match between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan in County Championship Division Two on Friday, April 8. After conceding a huge first-innings lead of 239, Glamorgan put up a terrific fight back in the second innings led by Harris, who scored a magnificent 148 with the help of 20 boundaries in his innings.
It was his fourth first-class hundred for Gloucestershire. The Southpaw had earlier finished as the highest run-scorer in the first innings scoring 59 with other batters failing to bat around him. His innings was laced with six fours in some testing conditions at Cardiff. Having been recently awarded an Australia contract earlier this week, Harris has given the perfect audition with his performance to find a place in Australia’s squad for the Ashes in June.
The Southpaw was a part of the last Ashes series played in Australia in 2021-22, which the hosts won by 4-0. Having made his debut against India in Adelaide in December 2018, Harris has amassed 607 runs in 26 innings at an average of 25.29 with three half-centuries to his name.
Harris’ First-Class career stats read as 9555 runs in 143 matches at an average of 39.32 with 24 hundreds and 40 fifties to his name. The southpaw has failed to leave an impact at the international level so far and will be desperate to turn things around if given an opportunity in the Ashes this summer.
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