[caption id="attachment_808823" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-808823" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Marcus-Harris.jpg" alt="Marcus Harris" width="628" height="355" /> Marcus Harris (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a>'s Ashes tour of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> might be some time away but the race for sealing a spot is already heating up. The plum opening spot is up for grabs and for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/marcus-harris">Marcus Harris</a>, playing in the 'biggest series' is a carrot he can't seem to ignore. <p></p> <p></p>Harris made his debut in the India series, scored a couple of fifties before in a 1-2 defeat before a 2-0 clean sweep over Sri Lanka where he failed to impress. <p></p> <p></p>A host of contenders will be vying for the opening spots when the Aussie selectors meet to finalise the squad. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/cameron-bancroft/news/">Cameron Bancroft</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/">David Warner</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/matthew-renshaw/news/">Matthew Renshaw</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-burns/news/">Joe Burns</a> and Harris himself are among those in the running and their performances in the ongoing Sheffield Shield season will play a big role. <p></p> <p></p> After those first Tests against India and that first series, I obviously missed a chance against Sri Lanka, Harris told Melbourne radio station <em>SEN</em> on Wednesday. But the carrot as an Australian cricketer is to play in Ashes, and especially over in England, just with the way that is, that s the biggest series you can play in. That's my goal for the next six months and that s what s burning away at me. <p></p> <p></p>He added, Every time I'm playing and batting, all I m thinking about is trying to do everything right to get myself in a position to be able to open the batting in the Ashes. <p></p> <p></p>Harris has started the second half of Shield season with scores of 95 and 174 for Victoria in a win over Queensland. While Ashes continues to be the ultimate goal, currently, the 26-year-old is focused on leading his team to the Shield final. <p></p> <p></p> It's in front of you all the time, everywhere I look it seems to be coming up. All I'm worried about is playing for Victoria and winning our game next week against Tasmania and trying to get us into a Shield final, he said.