Harris revels in England call
James Harris is understandably delighted after receiving his first international call-up.
The Welshman has been drafted into England's T20 squad as a replacement for captain Stuart Broad, who was ruled out of the two-match series with India due to a bruised heel.
The uncapped former Glamorgan paceman, who joined Middlesex this winter, is currently with the England Performance Programme in Pune, where he will meet up with his new team-mates for next Thursday’s opening game.
Harris told ecb.co.uk: “Any time you get selected for any squad, it’s obviously fantastic.
“To get this, my first international call-up, is very, very sweet and I’m hugely excited to join up with the boys now next week.”
The 22-year-old also takes great satisfaction from the opportunity to start his international career in India.
He continued: “India is a very, very special place. I’d expect some pretty big crowds, they’ll be pretty noisy, and as T20 cricket is, the ball will be going to all parts of the ground.
“It will definitely be exciting, but for me it’s hugely thrilling and very satisfying.”
Harris has picked up six wickets in his two games for the EPP this winter, taking 3-19 in their most recent fixture, a seven-wicket victory over the Netherlands on Thursday.
He believes that experience has provided useful preparation for the step-up to the senior side.
He said: “There’s no real better place to be for myself than to be out here - to have some experience of the conditions.
“I’ve spent a couple of days now working on, in particular, one-day cricket and one-day fields. That’s going to be hugely invaluable for me, not just for these T20 games but also moving forward, possibly the rest of the winter, and certainly next summer.
“Going from a year ago, being injured, and having a very quiet winter which was disappointing, to now, coming back and putting in some decent performances and then to get the nod is fantastic.”