Harris’ 250 secures Victoria innings win and case for Australia selection

Harris’ 250 secures Victoria innings win and case for Australia selection

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Victoria 9 for 445 dec (Harris 250*, Handscomb 48, Copeland Three-74) beat New South Wales 159 (Patterson 63, Tremain 5-47) & 179 (Larkin 53, Patterson 50, Boland 6-49) by an innings and 107 runs

Harris’ 250 secures Victoria innings win and case for Australia selection
Marcus Harris celebrates his century Getty Pictures

Victoria moved a recreation clear on the prime of the Sheffield Defend desk by claiming the final New South Wales wicket for an innings and 107-run victory on the MCG, the bottom’s first outright lead to a first-class match since February 2017.

Scott Boland bowled Mickey Edwards together with his final ball of the second over of day 4 to conclude the match, additionally handing the one-time Australian ODI paceman good-looking innings figures of 6 for 49 and a match return of eight for 84. Nevertheless, the match award went unsurprisingly to the left-handed opener Marcus Harris, who was comfortably the distinction between the groups in compiling an unbeaten 250 within the residence aspect’s solely innings.

That efficiency, at a time when Australia’s selectors are determined for batsmen to indicate themselves worthy of choice on the highest stage, will imply Harris could make a concerted case for his personal inclusion within the staff to face India, particularly if he places up extra excessive scores within the remaining Defend rounds earlier than the squad is chosen for the primary Take a look at in Adelaide from December 6.

One other potential Take a look at batsman, the NSW vice-captain Kurtis Patterson, contributed a double of 63 and 53, sustaining his extraordinary consistency but in addition a bent to fall in need of main scores – he has solely 5 first-class centuries in 54 matches.

This match was the primary on the MCG since appreciable work by the bottom employees to organize pitches with a greater stability between bat and ball, in spite of everything 5 fixtures resulted in attracts final season. That tally included a uninteresting draw within the Boxing Day Ashes Take a look at, ensuing within the floor being rated “poor” by the ICC, and resulting in a pitch that’s notably grassier and extra full of life for this season.

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