Pace bowler Harris gives selectors six screeching reasons to pick him for Adelaide

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Adelaide (Australia), Dec.1 (ANI): South Australian right-arm fast bowler Ryan Harris has given the national selectors six telling reasons to include him in Ponting’s squad for the second Ashes Test against England to be played here from Friday.

Six screaming deliveries to Mike Hussey have proved Harris is the man mostly likely to torment England’s left-handed duo of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook in the upcomh match.

At 10.47a.m. this morning. Harris and Doug Bollinger were steaming in at Hussey. While Bollinger was having trouble with his run-up, Harris shaded him for consistency.

According to the Herald Sun, only one thing can keep Harris out of the Australian side now - his injured right knee. It was heavily strapped during his duel with Hussey and an Ashes Test is no place for a passenger.

Test selectors Andrew Hilditch and Jamie Cox watched Bollinger and Harris in action. They could not have missed this six-ball burst from Harris.

Australia’s Gabba trio of Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle were rested from bowling duties so it was left to their potential replacements to attack the in-form Hussey.

They both pressed their claims in emphatic fashion, as Bollinger huffed and puffed and nearly blew Hussey down in a classic two-man show.

“They’re class acts, no doubt,” Australia’s vice-captain Michael Clarke said.

“They’ve both had success in international cricket, whether that be Tests or one-dayers, and they’re both looking forward to an opportunity. The selectors have got a tough job, but we’ve got to pick the attack that can take 20 wickets on a pretty good batting wicket,” he added.

Johnson, Hilfenhaus and Siddle will steam in tomorrow in an attempt to keep Harris and Bollinger at bay. Johnson and Hilfenhaus have the most to lose.

“Mitch seems fine. All of us face criticism throughout our career.

Sometimes more often than not, especially when you’re not getting as many runs or wickets as you’d like. He’s faced it before and I’m sure hell face it again. He’s looking forward to this opportunity out here in this Test match. The selectors will work out the 11 players for this Test match and if he gets his chance, hell grab it with both hands,” Clarke said. (ANI)

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