James Harris ponders Glamorgan exit to boost England hopes

James Harris has conceded he may be forced to leave Glamorgan to achieve his ambition of international honours.

The England Lions seamer, 22, is being targeted by a number of Division One County Championship counties, including current leaders Warwickshire.

Harris is under contract until 2013 but has clause that allows him to leave if Glamorgan are not in the top flight.

"There may be a day sometime where I have to make a very tough choice where I have to look at my career," he said.

"I have to decide what is the best option, but this place is in my heart and I would love to stay and see Glamorgan successful."

Glamorgan, one from bottom in Division Two of the County Championship, are in discussions with Harris over a new contract and expect a resolution within a month.

James Harris

  • In 2007 James Harris became the youngest bowler to take a Championship wicket for Glamorgan as, on his first-class debut, he took a wicket against Nottinghamshire at trent Bridge aged 16 years and 351 days
  • He is a capable lower order batsman, and has a Championship best of 87 runs

Harris enhanced his growing reputation with a six-wicket haul against Australia A at Edgbaston earlier in August, watched by England selectors Geoff Miller and James Whitaker.

The starring performance was in stark contrast to his season with Glamorgan, which has seen him take eight wickets to date from 101 overs.

He missed the first month of the season after having a double hernia operation in February, an injury that forced him to miss the England Lions' winter tour.

"Things are better than the statistics have shown," said Harris in an interview for BBC Wales' Sport programme. "It is hugely frustrating.

"At the start of the season, for me to miss the first six or seven games on a lot of green tops - I would have backed myself to get a few wickets early season.

"But the guys who played did fantastically well. It was frustrating that we came out on the back end of a few tight games.

"When you do that it always looks worse than it is.

"I just think we are building nicely and we are not far away at all. A good result here and there and we would be right in the mix for promotion in Division Two and challenging in the one day competitions."

Harris is in his sixth season with Glamorgan after making his first-class debut aged 16. He reached the 100 and 200-wickets milestones quicker than any bowler in the Welsh county's history.

He has been touted as a future Glamorgan captain but a move from the struggling county might improve his international ambitions.

The full interview with James Harris can be seen on Sport Wales, BBC Two Wales, Friday, 24 August at 19:00 BST