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“I’ll put my hand up for all five, definitely”
Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has revealed that he wants to play all five Test matches against arch-rivals England in the upcoming Ashes series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane.
Harris, who was the most successful Australian bowler with 24 wickets at an impressive average of 19.58 in the last Ashes series, stated that he was determined to help Australia regain the coveted urn, which has stayed with England for their past three encounters.
When asked how his hamstring injury was, Harris, with a wry smile on his face, said: “I get out of bed and I’m sore! It’s a struggle to get from the bed to the shower sometimes but that’s just the way it happens and, once a bloke gets going, it’s ok. I’m not worried about that and I’ve been instructed to have a couple of days off, so I’ll probably get my arm over again on Wednesday. I feel good.”
Despite wanting to play all five Test matches, Harris admitted that it was highly likely he would be rested at some point throughout the series.
“It would be hard but that decision will be out of my hands,” he said. “I won’t ask for a rest.
“I think we have a break after Brisbane but there’s a short turnaround between Adelaide and Perth (which host the second and third Tests).
“If I play and bowl a lot of overs at Adelaide and I’m sore, maybe the decision will be made for me.
“In the West Indies (in 2012), I wanted to play that second Test when I was rested. You never refuse playing a game but, in the end, at the end of day two I was still really tired and sore. If I had played, I would have been a high risk for injury.
“We’ll see what happens in Adelaide but I’ll put my hand up for all five, definitely.”