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Ashes: Marcus Harris to open batting with David Warner

Bailey heaped praise on the 29-year-old Harris, who scored a century for Victoria against New South Wales at the start of the Sheffield Shield season
David Warner.

Agencies   |   Melbourne   |   Published 12.11.21, 02:03 AM

Australia batsman Marcus Harris will open the batting with David Warner in the Ashes series against England, chairman of selectors George Bailey said.

Harris was one of the front-runners for the role alongside Queensland captain Usman Khawaja, with Will Pucovski likely to miss the first Test as he battles concussion symptoms.

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Bailey heaped praise on the 29-year-old Harris, who scored a century for Victoria against New South Wales at the start of the Sheffield Shield season. “Harry’s had limited opportunities in the past and he’s been in and out a bit, so we’d love nothing more than for him hopefully to get an opportunity to get an extended run at it,” Bailey told radio RSN on Wednesday.

The five-Test Ashes is due to begin on December 8 in Brisbane.

Ben at practice

Ben Stokes joined the England squad for a training session for the first time after his six-month layoff from cricket at the Metrico stadium in the Gold Coast in Queensland on Thursday.



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