Australia’s chairman of selectors George Bailey declared that Marcus Harris is going to open alongside David Warner in the upcoming Ashes Test. The decision comes after Will Pucovski suffered a concussion and is going to miss at least the first few tests. Harris is yet to become an established player for the Austrian but this appears as another opportunity for him. Harris has accumulated 428 runs in 19 test innings at an average of 23.77 and the highest score of 79.
It gives you great confidence as a selector when you know your opening batters are locked away as far as a Test series go. It's a hard spot to bat and to get those places settle, it's really important. Harry's only had a limited opportunity in the past, and he's been in and out a bit, so we'd love nothing more than for him to hopefully to get an opportunity to get an extended run at it. What we have liked is his consistency. He's obviously been a prolific run-scorer at domestic level here, but also love the fact he went overseas and had a great year for Leicester as well.
George Bailey, Chairman of Selectors, Australian Cricket Team