Will Marcus Harris bat in the second innings: The Australian opening batsman was hit on the hand before stumps on Day 4.
During the second day of the fifth Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at The Oval, Australia opening batsman Marcus Harris dropped a sitter to give an additional life to his English counterpart Joe Denly.
It all happened on the third delivery of the last over of the day when Harris edged a Josh Hazlewood delivery to gully. In what was a regulation catch, Harris made a mess of it by clearly misjudging it. To add to his woes, Harris ended up injuring the webbing of his hand.
Will Marcus Harris bat in the second innings at The Oval?
While he left the field then and there, he remained absent from the field on the first session of Day 3 today. It was during the first session itself that the Australian team management shared an update on Harris’ injury.
While Harris won’t take any further part in the third innings of the Test, he is expected to bat in the fourth innings. In five innings so far in the series, Harris has scored 49 runs at an average of 9.80 and a strike rate of 46.22. With England likely to set Australia a tough total to chase, the visitors will be hoping for Harris to provide a formidable start.
At the time of writing this article, the hosts have a 157-run lead by lunch on Day 3 in the second innings. England opening batsman Joe Denly (37) and all-rounder Ben Stokes (0) are currently batting against Australia.
How Twitter reacted on Harris:
Update from Aussie camp: “Marcus Harris suffered split webbing on his left hand while fielding late yesterday which required 7 stitches. He won’t field but is expected to bat.” #Ashes pic.twitter.com/c2aQp91JHv
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 14, 2019
Aussie update after Marcus Harris hurt his finger dropping a catch on day two: “Marcus Harris suffered split webbing on his left hand while fielding late yesterday which required 7 stitches. He won’t field but is expected to bat.”
— Russell Gould (@gouldyheraldsun) September 14, 2019
Marcus Harris just dropped what we call in Australia the “Bag of shit” catch
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) September 13, 2019
Marcus Harris joins Stacy Denly in delivering England opener Joe another gift. #ashes
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) September 13, 2019
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