Marcus Harris: The Victorian opening batsman has received a punishment which won’t allow him to play their next Marsh Cup fixture.
During the first day of the recently concluded 15th match of the Sheffield Shield between Victoria and Tasmania in Melbourne, Victoria opening batsman Marcus Harris (15) was dismissed cheaply after he edged a Beau Webster delivery to Tasmania wicket-keeper Jake Doran.
Having become the second Victorian batsman to get out after their bowlers bundled out the opposition for 188 in 66.1 overs on the same day, Harris immediately signaled to the umpire regarding the ball touching his elbow and not his bat.
Clearly unhappy with the on-field umpire’s decision, Harris was seen hitting his bat on the turf before returning back to the pavilion. What followed was the left-handed batsman being handed a level one offence around “abuse of equipment”. As a result, Harris accepted a fine of 50 per cent of his match fees and one suspension point.
Why will Marcus Harris miss Victoria vs Tasmania Marsh Cup 2021 match?
Harris, who had committed a similar offence by hitting the stumps after getting out in late 2019, now has a couple of suspension points within an 18-month period.
Subsequently, the 28-year old player will miss their next match as a couple of suspension points lead to a one-match ban. Therefore, Harris won’t be part of Victoria’s Marsh Cup 2021 clash against Tasmania tomorrow.
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Harris, who scored 45* (131) in the second innings of a rain-affected draw, is the seventh-highest run-scorer this season on the back of scoring 516 runs in nine innings at an average of 64.50 and comprising of one century and half-century each.
In the Sheffield Shield, Victoria have won a solitary out of their five matches to be at the fourth position on the points table. In the One-Day Marsh Cup, Victoria slip down at the fifth position but have only played a lone match (loss) till now.