|Grace Harris Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||September 18, 1993|
Grace Harris is an Australian professional cricketer who has represented her country in the shorter formats of the sport (ODIs and T20Is), as an all-rounder. She was a non-playing member of the Australian squad that won the ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022 – the record-extending 7th time that Australia had achieved the feat. Grace then played all 6 games for the Australian team that clinched the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2023 – the record-extending 6th time that Australia had achieved this feat. In the Australian domestic circuit, she has played for her home state of Queensland (2010-11-Present) across all 3 formats. In franchise-based T20 cricket, Grace has turned out for the Brisbane Heat (2015-16, 2017-18-Present) and the Melbourne Renegades (2016-17) in the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League); and the UP Warriorz (2023) in the WPL (Women’s Premier League).
Grace Margaret Harris
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
- Father – Jim Harris
- Mother – Maree Harris
- Siblings – David Harris (Brother), Eliza Harris (Sister), Laura Harris (Older Sister) (Professional Cricketer)
- Others – Delissa Kimmince (Sister-in-Law, married to Laura) (Professional Cricketer (Retired))
- 48 – T20 International (T20I), UP Warriorz (WPL)
- 17 – Brisbane Heat (WBBL)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, neck-length, straight hair
- Charming smile
- Gleaming face
Grace Harris Facts
- Grace first came into the spotlight during the 2015-16 season of the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League), the inaugural edition of the tournament. In the 8th match of the tournament, representing the Brisbane Heat, against the Sydney Sixers, she smoked 103 runs off 55 balls – the first century ever scored in the tournament.
- She made the night even more remarkable in the 2nd half of the match – recording sensational bowling figures of 4/15 in just 2 overs to help the Brisbane Heat register a 35-run victory. She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for this outstanding performance.
- Grace made her WT20I (and international) debut for Australia in August 2015 and was included in the Australian squad for the 2016 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. However, just a few days before the start of the tournament, she was withdrawn from the squad after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis – the blockage of a deep vein (most commonly in the legs or pelvis) caused by a blood clot.
- In December 2018, during the 2018-19 season of the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League), the 4th edition of the tournament, representing the Brisbane Heat, against the Melbourne Stars, Grace scored 101 runs not out in a mere 42 balls to help her team chase down a target of 133 runs in just 10.5 overs – with all 10 wickets to spare. This was the then-fastest century ever recorded in the tournament. She was also named the ‘Player of the Match’ for this historic feat.
- Her all-round performances throughout the tournament were vital in helping the Brisbane Heat reach the final for the first time. In that match, against double-defending champions Sydney Sixers, Grace produced match-best bowling figures – 3/23 in 4 overs – to help set up a narrow 3-wicket win (with just 4 balls to spare). Laura, her older sister, hit the winning runs in this final match to help the Brisbane Heat lift their 1st WBBL title.
- Grace finished 3rd in the voting for the ‘Player of the Tournament’ that season – votes were awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the two standing umpires after every match – and was also included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’. Delissa Kimmince, her future sister-in-law (Delissa and Laura were dating at that time), also representing the Brisbane Heat, finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker (22 wickets) in the tournament.
- In the 2019-20 season of the tournament, the trio of Grace, Laura, and Delissa again played key roles in helping the Brisbane Heat win the WBBL title – for the 2nd time in a row. Laura, incredibly, hit the winning runs in the final match of the season once again. During the season, Laura also proposed to Delissa, having dated her for 4 years. The couple would eventually get married in August 2020.
- Grace was a key member of the Australian squad that won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. It was the first occasion where women’s cricket was included in the Commonwealth Games and just the 2nd time that cricket was played at the Commonwealth Games – a men’s tournament had previously been featured at the 1998 edition held in Kuala Lumpur.
- In December 2022, in a WT20I match against India, she and Ashleigh Gardner put together an unbroken partnership of 129 runs – a new record for the 5th wicket in the WT20I format.
- In February 2023, in the auction for the upcoming inaugural edition of the WPL (Women’s Premier League), Grace was acquired by the UP Warriorz for INR 75 lakhs. In March 2023, in the team’s first match of the tournament, she smashed 59 runs not out off just 26 balls to help her team chase down a target of 170 runs off the 2nd last ball of the match, with 3 wickets to spare. She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her blistering knock.
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