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Time is running out for Marcus Harris; 2nd innings his last chance saloon

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They say all bad things happen at once. That was the case for Marcus Harris today in the second Ashes test in Adelaide. He played a pull shot to a harmless bouncer going down leg and Jos Buttler took a brilliant diving catch. He came into this game after a disappointing 1st test, in horrible form and under tremendous pressure.

The opposite has occurred to his teammate Marnus Labuschagne who was in very good nick. Buttler dropped Labuschagne twice when he was on 21 and 95.

Harris has had a weird test career up until now. He has been in and out of the side since he made his debut three years ago against India in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Not once has his place been safe in the side with eyebrows being raised every time he has donned the baggy green.

That was the case heading into this Ashes series as well. Harris was selected only after Will Puckovski was out with another concussion. He hasn't made much use of this opportunity with scores of 3, 9*, 3 in three innings in this series.

The Victorian batsman has scored 443 runs at an average of just 22 in 12 tests. This indicates that he has been given ample opportunities at this level but hasn't utilized it very well. In his last 13 test innings, he has scored 11, 14, 8, 19, 13, 6, 3, 9, 5, 38, 3, 9, 3. He has crossed 20 once in his last 13 innings.

His average against England is now just 9.12 in 12 innings. The left-hander hasn't scored a fifty in his last 15 innings with his last coming against India in Sydney three years ago. Harris has scored just 2 fifties in 22 innings with no hundreds to his name, playing 9 out of his 12 tests at home.

With Usman Khawaja waiting in the wings, who has an average of 96 as an opener, the 2nd innings might be his last chance for survival. If he fails once again, there will be no one to blame but himself as he was given a long rope by the selectors.

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