Home > News >

When Ryan Harris thought ‘Please, not me’ as Michael Clarke desperately looked for breakthrough

Ryan Harris (left) claimed two wickets in three balls on the final day of the final Test to lead Australia to win © Getty Images
Ryan Harris (left) claimed two wickets in three balls on the final day of the final Test to lead Australia to win © Getty Images

Mar 10, 2014

 

Ryan Harris said on Monday revealed he was praying ‘Please, not me’ when Australia captain Michael Clarke was desperately looking for a bowling change to break the stubborn stand between South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander on the fifth day of the final Test.

Harris, who will undergo surgery on his knee that has been troubling him from a long time, battled through pain to lead Australia to victory. Harris got two wickets in three balls to lead Australia to a memorable win.

Harris told Cricket Australia’s website, “I didn’t even know I’d bowled [Steyn] until the guys started celebrating. I didn’t even know until the boys started running at me.”

“Then I started to get a few butterflies, I was getting nervous because I knew how close we were. Michael called me over and said ‘You do what’s best for what you think is going to get this wicket’. So I said ‘I think I’m going around the wicket and going to swing one in’. And he said ‘Do it’. Michael [Clarke] puts the onus on you to execute what you want to do to execute your plan.”

Harris said the Australian pacers were left amused why they did not get any reverse swing despite doing everything right in the second Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town.

Dale Steyn claimed five wickets in the match to help South Africa bounce back with a huge 231-run win. Steyn generated immense reverse swing to blow away the Australian batting line up, as they slipped from two for 152 to 216 all-out on the fourth day.

Harris told Cricket Australia’s website, “In the second Test the ball we had looked perfect for reverse but it just didn’t swing. We don’t know why that is.”

“That second Test was a big letdown for us, just the way we I guess folded against the reverse swing. [Dale] Steyn bowled very well but we should have done a little bit better with that. But the test of the character was the way we were going to bounce back and the way we did it in Cape Town was perfect,” Harris added.

The Australian pacer said his side was left disappointed after the South African players failed to join them for a beer at the end of the third Test. On the final day, Steyn and Michael Clarke were involved in a heated discussion in the middle as the Australians pushed for a win.

However, Harris added that the relations between the two sides weren’t affected by South Africa’s failure to make it to the traditional post-series meeting in the dressing rooms.

“They didn’t come in for a beer with us. I know Michael [Clarke] and Darren [Lehmann] were a bit disappointed they didn’t come in. Robin Peterson came in for a little drink, but they had a function for Graeme Smith that was obviously organised quite quickly, and they had a dinner to go to, so they all went off for that. But it was disappointing they didn’t come in for even a 20-minute beer or to say well done or just to catch up,” Harris said.

He said Australia were very impressive that day. “We played hard on that last day, we tried to do all we could, within the rules of course, to try and make them make mistakes. We did that,” said Harris.

“We went pretty hard but nothing outside the spirit of the game. We copped a lot, especially in that second Test. I know I copped a couple of mouthfuls from Graeme Smith towards the end of that. That’s just the way it is.”

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 10, 2014  at Dubai

Australia won by 5 wkts

Photos

India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala

Videos

Pakistan A vs Australia, Day 4: Highlights

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan BCCI India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 Pakistan Salaam Cricket South Africa West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Peter Siddle says putting on weight helped to regain speed

South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014: Visitors eying No.1 spot in ICC ODI rankings

New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st ODI at Mount Maunganui Preview: South Africa aim to improve record at NZ

BCCI Working Committee meets tomorrow to discuss WI pullout

West Indies continue hunt for head coach

Virender Sehwag turns 36: Five most memorable innings of the Nawab of Najafgarh

New Zealand begin ICC World Cup 2015 preparations with 15 ODIs in store

Virender Sehwag paid birthday tribute to by Sophos Antivirus

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Gautam Singh

Gautam Singh

474 Posts | 5 Fans

Video Highlights Mohammed Yousuf drops catch after watching a girl in bikini

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here