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Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser has expressed his pleasure at new signing James Harris' call-up to the England Twenty20 squad for the series against India.
That bodes well for a player who is about to come under our wing
Fast-bowler Harris has replaced Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad in the squad for the two-match series which follows the fourth and final Test match in Nagpur. Eoin Morgan replaces Broad as captain.
Harris, who joined Lord's-based Middlesex from Glamorgan at the end of the 2012 season, celebrated with three wickets for the England Performance Programme side who were taking on Netherlands at Pune - the same city where the first T20 will take place on 20 December.
Fraser, whose Middlesex side are hoping to challenge for the LV= County Championship title in 2013 after finishing 3rd in 2012, was quick to distance himself from earning any plaudits for Harris' achievement.
"It must have been down to the lunch we had with him earlier in the year!" joked the ex-England fast bowler.
"But seriously, we can claim no credit for James' career so far - though it's always nice to see Middlesex in brackets next to any player who is involved with international cricket."
Welshman Harris, 22, has been talked about as a potential England player since making his debut for Glamorgan as a 16-year-old. And he has made no secret of his desire to represent England, having been a part of the Lions and other development programmes for a number of years.
And Fraser believes Harris' efforts in India this winter could have provided the extra push needed for Harris to gain his first full international recognition.
"His call up is more than likely down to the way he has performed and handled himself this winter with the Performance Programme - and that bodes well for a player who is about to come under our wing."