Australia paceman Ryan Harris will be holding nothing back in the second Ashes Test against England this week even if his injury track record suggests he will struggle to play all five Tests in the series. A litany of injuries since making his debut in 2010 has prevented Harris from completing a five-match Test series, his best effort being four of five matches in England earlier this year when he was his countryís outstanding bowler.
With Adelaide likely to be the toughest venue for the quick bowlers, some have suggested Australia would be wise to revive their rotation policy and save the 34-year-old for the third test on a more pace-friendly wicket in Perth. Having grabbed five wickets for 77 runs to help Australia take a series lead with a thumping 381-run victory in the opening Test in Brisbane, though, Harris has no intention of taking it easy at the Adelaide Oval.
ďIíll be all guns blazing here,Ē he told reporters on Monday. ďIím not going to miss a Test unless I really have to. Iíve said that from the start, Iím here to play five. I had the turnaround in England and I got through okay. The wickets here are a little harder, thatís probably the only difference. Iím feeling good, obviously the extra rest after Brisbane helped but Iím feeling good and ready to go here.Ē
Harris, who is expected to reprise his partnership with Peter Siddle and Gabba standout Mitchell Johnson in a three-pronged pace unit, also dismissed the idea that skipper Michael Clarke might use him more sparingly. ďI will be used as usual, thereís no good playing if youíre being held back, youíve got to go in 110 percent,Ē he added.
ďYou canít have one bloke going half-hearted because it puts pressure on your two or three other bowlers. Iíve just got to make sure whatever I do between Tests I get right and feel good and Iím confident I can do that.Ē
That said, Harris believes all-rounder Shane Watson would contribute with the ball more than at the Gabba having fully recovered from a hamstring strain. The trip to Adelaide is something of a homecoming for Harris, who spent nearly a decade with South Australia before moving north to join Queensland.
The wicket for this weekís Test, which starts on Thursday, will be a drop-in track and Harris expects it to be hard work for the pace bowlers and offer