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|Born||December 10, 1996|
|Age||24 years 129 days|
|Teams||Melbourne Stars, Victoria, National Performance Squad, Cricket Australia XI, Victoria XI, Melbourne Renegades|
|Bat Style||Right Handed Bat|
After impressive showings with the bat, including an explosive century against Papua New Guinea in a high-performance camp in Brisbane. He was handed a rookie contract in April 2015 by the Victorian Bushrangers, followed by Shield debut by Victoria in February 2016 where had a moderate outing with the bat, making 21 in the first innings. Nonetheless, he affected 9 dismissals behind the stumps, the most on debut by any wicketkeeper in Sheffield Shield history.
He made headlines when he was unintentionally hit on the helmet with the bat by Jake Lehmann and suffered a heavy concussion. However, he showed character and made a speedy recovery within 3 weeks, and a subsequent return to competitive cricket.
Harper made his T20 debut after he was scouted by the Melbourne Stars for the 6th edition of the Big Bash League in 2016. He threw away his opportunities with the bat, but impressed with his wicket-keeping skills last season, in the absence of regular keeper Peter Handscomb. As Handscomb is serving his national team for the Ashes, Harper is set to be the first-choice keeper during the 7th edition of the BBL. However he needs to revamp his batting numbers if he wishes to consolidate his position in the side.
Looking at the bigger picture, he needs to improve upon his first-class average of 16.30 after 8 matches. He hasn't batted enough in the first-class level to identify any glaring loopholes in his game either. However, he is still very young at 21 years of age, and has enough time to analyze and work on his game. There is a rat-race in the Australian circuit to find a suitable long-term wicketkeeper for all formats. He has the essentials to be a good wicketkeeper batsman, with a conventional wicket-keeping technique and good reflexes and his stroke-making skills with the bat are exemplary. He yet to make make a mark with the bat at the first-class level however, and needs a consistently heavy-scoring run with the bat in Shield cricket to bring him into reckoning for the coveted Baggy Green.
Harper is an enthusiastic golfer (a glimpse of which can be seen in his enormous bat swing)
He also studies - wait for it - teaching at university.
By Our Biography Entry TeamAs of December 2017
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