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“I’m feeling good and ready to go”
Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has announced that he will go in “all guns blazing” during the second Test in Adelaide and added that “I’m not going to miss a Test unless I really have to”.
Harris also dismissed rumours that he was still feeling the effects of having bowled 34 overs in the first Test in Brisbane.
“I’ll be all guns blazing here as well,” Harris said. “I’m not going to miss a Test unless I really have to. I’m here to play five.
“I had the turnaround in England and got through OK. The wickets are a little bit harder here, that’s the only difference. I’m feeling good. I had a good break, the extra day from Brisbane helped. All the reports about me resting, Boof hasn’t mentioned one word about me resting, which is good. I’m feeling good and ready to go.
“I will be used as normal. I don’t think going into a game holding anyone back is what you do. You’ve got to go in and bowl as if it’s your last Test, it doesn’t matter how many days in between, you’ve got to go in 110%. If I was going in only bowling 30, 35 overs I wouldn’t play because you can’t have one bloke going half-hearted. It puts pressure on your two or three other bowlers. I’m going in as if I’m bowling 50 overs. I’ve got to make sure whatever I do between Tests I get right and feel good, and I’m confident I can do that.”
While Harris admitted that taking wickets in Adelaide was going to be a lot tougher than it was in Brisbane, he stated that he was relishing the challenge of facing England’s batsmen again.
Speaking about England’s batsmen, Harris believes that England are more likely to promote Joe Root to the number three spot, which became vacant when Jonathan Trott returned home with a stress-related illness.
“It’s a great loss with Trotty not there,” Harris said. “It’s going to be interesting to see who they put in there. Hopefully it’s Bell and we get an earlier chance to get him out, that’s what I’m thinking.
“Whether it’s Belly or even Joe Root, they’re both good players so whoever it’s going to be they have got a big job to do and a big position to fill. We’ve got to make sure we are ready for whoever it is. It’s a big loss with Jonathan not there so we have got to make sure we capitalise.”
Harris also wished Trott a speedy recovery and added that he will be extremely disappointed “if anyone brings that up” during the second Test.
“Jonathan has gone now and I will be disappointed if anyone brings that up,” Harris said. “It’s not a nice thing that he’s going through and all the boys have said it, we want Jonathan Trott back playing cricket. The whole world does. I know the Australian team does because he’s one of their best players and we want to play against their best team.
“He has made a big decision going home and I would love to see him back playing soon. I had some good battles with him over in England and I was looking forward to continuing that here. The England team need him and world cricket needs him, he’s a world class player.”
The 34-year-old finished off by saying that Australia have to change their bowling approach heading into Adelaide as the drop-in pitch there will not be as bouncy and fast as the Gabba’s was.
“We know we’re going to be sore at the end of it,” he said. “It’s the unknown here again, this new wicket, and it’s a challenge of tweaking what we did in Brisbane on those bouncy wickets. We’ve played enough in these conditions. Melbourne was like this for a few years. It was quite flat. We know what we have to do and what changes we have to make. It’s another big challenge as a group to get our head around.”