Uncapped Harris, Tremain make Australia squad for India Tests

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 22, 2018

Marcus Harris's weight of runs in recent seasons has been rewarded after he was named in Australia's squad for the first two Tests against India. He's likely to feature for Queensland in the Shield round before heading to Adelaide.

When he made the move from Western Australia to Victoria, Harris was farewelled with some curious comments by the then Warriors coach Langer, who referred to him as "mediocre with flashes of brilliance", while adding that "our system isn't for everyone".

National selector Trevor Hohns said the 14-man squad for the Adelaide and Perth Tests would be cut to 12 ahead of the games, with two players released to get match time in domestic Shield cricket.

"We believe all players chosen deserve their selection in the squad, and we're confident given the opportunity all will apply themselves well against India". "Barring any set-backs, all the signs are indicating he will be available for the first Test".

Harris could not be ignored after putting together years of strong scores instead of weeks, as opposed to his rivals.

Chris Tremain, the second Victorian called-up, has also worked his way back through consistent performances this Shield season. He has since hit 1951 runs at almost 48, including 437 at 87 in the opening four matches of the Shield.

"Not only has he made plenty of runs, he's displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket", Hohn said in a statement.

The batsmen were really poor on the whole against South Africa in that match other than Maxwell who was one player to emerge with some credit so the top order especially are under increasing pressure to start performing as they may go unchanged for this first match although spinner Zampa may return. "We stay in contact regularly and when he was coach of WA, I would always catch up with him when [Victoria] played against them", Harris said.

Handscomb, who has scored 227 runs at 38 this season, missed the tour of the UAE to tinker with his technique over the winter.

A vast collection of fast bowlers has been assembled, with Chris Tremain, uncapped at Test level, and Peter Siddle standing in reserve behind the frontline trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

But Hohns said he deserved his place in the squad, after proving he could perform in high-pressure situations. His stupendous form has seen him leaving behind Kohli, in becoming the highest run-scorer for India in T20Is.

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