Mason Crane was selected for New South Wales in 2017, but opportunities for England players in the Shield have been few and far between
“The reality is we need to be spending a lot more time with players in Australian conditions,” Harrison said. “I’ve had a number of conversations with Cricket Australia and have written formally to Cricket Australia to ask if they would consider allowing us to put players into Sheffield Shield cricket, for example, as one significant change that we can bring to bear.
“We’ve had to cancel a lot of individual player preparation plans – which would have involved time in Australia – due to the pandemic, because effectively Australia has been closed, and a number of other tours that were planned to enable us to get in better shape for this tour have had to be shelved.”
Australia cricketers are regularly signed as overseas players in county cricket, with Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Michael Neser among those involved in the 2021 County Championship.
“There’s a few good cricketers doing well in the BBL from England, and I think they could have a huge impact on Sheffield Shield cricket as well,” she told News Corp. “Fans and broadcasters want a contest… surely it’s in the interest of Cricket Australia to say, ‘yep, some of your players who are going to be part of the Ashes can come here and play in our Sheffield Shield for a few games.'”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98