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Glamorgan bowler James Harris wins England Lions call

James Harris in bowling action
James Harris has two five-wicket hauls and 24 wickets this season

Glamorgan's teenage bowling star James Harris has won a call-up to the England Lions squad for next week's clash with Bangladesh in Derby (19-22 May).

The Swansea man, who is 20 on Sunday, already has two five-wicket hauls and 24 wickets in four games this season.

In April he became the youngest player to take 100 wickets for Glamorgan.

"Lions matches are excellent chances for players pushing for England places to show what they are capable of," said England selector Geoff Miller.

"We have selected a group of players we feel possess many of the strengths and qualities needed to succeed in international cricket.

Moeen Ali and James Harris are two promising young players who have been rewarded for playing pivotal roles for Worcestershire and Glamorgan respectively

England selector Geoff Miller

"Moeen Ali and James Harris are two promising young players who have been rewarded for playing pivotal roles for Worcestershire and Glamorgan respectively."

Harris told BBC Radio Wales' The Back Page programme last month: "I've got big dreams to play and to succeed at international level.

"I don't think much is going to stop me until I achieve that.

"I'm very, very happy bowling this well now at 19. In two-to-three years time when I've filled out and grown up a bit it could be very, very exciting."

The 6ft paceman has been in the Glamorgan team since 2007 and has played for England at under-19s, academy and Lions level.

Harris shot to prominence in 2007 when he became the youngest bowler in the County Championship to take 10 wickets in a match, returning 12 for 118 against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Aged just 17 years and three days, he took seven for 66 in the home team's first innings, before a return of five for 52 when the west country side batted again.

The England and Wales Cricket Board sent Harris and five other bowlers for a month's strength and conditioning work in Florida last November, then he went to India in January to work with Australian fast-bowling legend Dennis Lillee.

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"It went very well, it's been a very good winter," said Harris, who took eight wickets in Glamorgan's opening game of the season against Sussex.

"I had a couple of nights out with Dennis Lillee, we got to have food with him, went for a few drinks and just got to talk cricket and bowling.

"We talked about constructing spells, working out batsmen and developing a few deliveries.

"It's all still a work in progress, hopefully we will see the benefit - if not now then in a few years time."

Glamorgan plan to nurse Harris through this season, while he has targeted 50 wickets and an improvement in his batting.

"I'm still quite young and can't play all the cricket this season, there's a fear of over-bowling me," Harris told The Back Page.

I've played a big part in leading attacks all my life... I've had that role since I was about 11 - I love taking that role and don't feel the pressure

James Harris

"I've had a chat with [Glamorgan director of cricket] Matthew Maynard about it and I'll be rested for a few games.

"50 wickets is always talked about as the great aim for a bowler, and that would be a pretty good haul if I play around the 12 games we're pitching at.

"I'm not an all-rounder yet, that's taking a while, but I've done a lot of work on my batting and I feel I'm only a few big scores away from achieving a breakthrough.

"To really progress my career and look at international honours… to bat at maybe seven would add a massive string to my bow."

While Harris is still talking about development, the confidence the youngster has in his ability is bursting to come out.

"I feel a lot older than my years," said Harris. "I've played a big part in leading attacks all my life.

"I've had that role since I was about 11 - I love taking that role and don't feel the pressure."



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