‘I’m confident’ Harris will be fit for the third Test, says Michael Clarke

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“I’m confident he’ll be fine”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he is “confident” pace bowler Ryan Harris will be fit for the third Ashes Test in Perth after he sustained a knee injury.

Australia will be hoping Harris recovers in time for the Test, which gets underway tomorrow, since all-rounder James Faulkner, who would have been his replacement, will be out of action for a while after sustaining a fractured thumb while batting in the nets.

Clarke noted that the team management will wait till tomorrow morning to decide whether Harris is fit to play.

If he is not, then Doug Bollinger or Nathan Coulter-Nile, both of whom were kept on stand-by, will be drafted into the squad.

“I don’t have a team at this stage,” Clarke said. “We’re going to wait until the toss, see how everybody pulls up after training yesterday and today, and [it] gives us another opportunity to have a look at the wicket as well.

“I’m hopeful that everybody will come up. There’s the obvious one in Rhino [Harris], he bowled today, so we’re going to wait and see how he pulls up, but I’m confident he’ll be fine. It gives the selectors another chance to see if the wicket changes at all come tomorrow morning. But it looks like a pretty good wicket to me.”

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