Langer farewells 'frustrating' Harris
Opening batsman leaves for Victoria amid interesting comments from Warriors coach
AAP & Cricket Network
7 April 2016, 02:50 PM AEST
WA coach Justin Langer has described Marcus Harris's batting efforts as "mediocre with flashes of brilliance" after the top-order batsman announced he was heading to Victoria after six seasons at the Warriors.
Harris, who played 42 Sheffield Shield matches for the Warriors, will head east to play for both the Bushrangers and Melbourne Renegades this summer.
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Langer suggested the 23-year-old had failed to make good on his potential in his time with WA.
"His performances have been mediocre with flashes of brilliance," Langer told The West Australian newspaper.
"Marcus played more than 40 matches for WA and scored just four centuries.
"That must be frustrating for him, as it is for the coaches and fans.
"I respect the fact that our program is not for everyone and he leaves with our best wishes and the hope that he can one day play for Australia."
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Harris became the youngest Australian to hit a first-class 150, the then 18-year-old scoring 157 against Queensland in 2010-11.
He also scored 81 and 158 not out in last year's Sheffield Shield final, however his 2138 first-class runs have come at an average of just 28.89.
He has also played 14 Big Bash matches for Perth Scorchers, hitting 192 runs at an average of 19.41 without ever fully cementing a place in the two-time tournament winners' starting XI.
The left-hander most recently shone for the Warriors in the Sheffield Shield with 120 against New South Wales in February, after a century in the Under-23s saw him regain his place in Langer's side.
Harris will join a host of other young batting talents at the Bushrangers, after Travis Dean announced his arrival this summer with twin hundreds on first-class debut and both Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb played decisive hands in their side's second-straight Sheffield Shield triumph.
At the Renegades, the Perth product is set to feature alongside Australia ODI reps Aaron Finch and Matt Wade, and former national T20 captain Cameron White – all of whom will also line up next to him in the Bushrangers cap.