Harris set to earn a 400,000 dollar pay hike

Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is set to earn a staggering 400,000 dollar pay hike following his magnificent Test debut against New Zealand.

Harris will receive a six-figure upgrade when he is officially added to Cricket Australia’s 25-man contract list for 2010-11, which will be announced next month.

The 30-year-old, who began the summer on a state contract with Queensland estimated to be around 120,000, was included in the Australian one-day side in January and was handed a supplementary CA deal as a reward for his superb form.

Harris was named the man of the series in the ODI series against Pakistan, where had a tally of 13 wickets in three matches, at an average of 8.15 and strike rate of 13.7.

Apart from the one-day heroics, he finished with the figures of 6-119 in his maiden Test, which will see him clinch a full-fledged CA deal.

CA is expected to announce its contract list by April 7, and Harris is in line for a base contract of about 500,000 dollars as he is a member of both the Test and one-day squads.

Having routed the Kiwis, Harris has set his sights on the Ashes series in November.

“It would be awesome to play in the Ashes … wow,” The Herald Sun quoted Harris, as saying.

Others tipped to receive major CA upgrades include off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, all-rounder Shane Watson and fast bowler Doug Bollinger.

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