At just 20 years of age, it is incredible to think Marcus Harris has already played 20 first-class matches for Western Australia. In a state where young players often get thrown in the deep end, Harris has defied his age to produce the sort of cricket expected from men twice his age.
Debuting as an 18 year old, Harris showed great character on a bouncy WACA deck. After falling for 14 in the first innings, the young opener fought hard in the second innings, falling agonisingly short of a maiden half-century when he edged one through to the keeper on 45.
It was a sign of things to come for Harris, and just two games later, he entered the record books as the youngest Australian to score a first-class 150. His 157 against the Queensland Bulls broke a 115 year record dating back to former Australian batsman Clem Hill.
Twelve months later, Harris reached triple figures for the second time in his career when he struck 114 against the Redbacks at the WACA.
Harris featured in four Ryobi Cup matches in 2011, but hasn’t earned a call-up since. With a best of 22, and a strike rate just above 60, the youngster knows he has plenty of work to do if he wants to face up against the white ball anytime soon.