Harris will become Australia’s 456th male Test cricketer after appearing to win the selection race over Victorian teammate Peter Handscomb for the four-Test series opener.
Speaking to SEN radio today, Langer said 26-year-old Harris had proved himself in camp and through his weight of Sheffield Shield runs.
“We’re pretty sure Marcus Harris will make his debut, which is very exciting for him,” he said.
“He’s scored 500 runs in Shield cricket in eight innings, he’s a terrific young player and he’s looked very good in some of the most competitive net sessions I’ve seen.”
The fight for the final spot in the team is now a two-horse race between Handscomb and allrounder Mitchell Marsh, with Langer and selectors to make a call later today.
“It’ll be either Peter Handscomb or Mitchell Marsh who’ll take the five or six position,” he said.
“We’ll have a look at that and come up with a decision.”
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