Ashes 2013: Australia pacer in tussle for spot in 1st Test

Ryan Harris (left) and Peter Siddle will look to perform well in the tour games against Somerset and Worcestershire © Getty Images

London: Jun 24, 2013

Australia’s entire fast bowling arsenal is battling it out to impress national selector John Inverarity for a place in the first Ashes Test.

Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and James Faulkner will all hope to push for their place in the first Test starting on July 10 in Nottingham. Australia will play against Somerset in Taunton on Wednesday and against Worcestershire in the next week.

“If you include Faulkner, then we have six pace bowlers. Three will play in one game and three will play in the other,” Inverarity said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

“We’ve got seven batsmen [available, with David Warner suspended], so five will play both games and two will play one game,” he added.

Harris and Jackson Bird had been recovering from Achilles and back injuries and were under careful management plan, but with the Australia A’s final tour game have emerged unscathed although a bit sore.

Pattinson bowled well in other matches for Australia A, Siddle is considered the leader of the attack while Faulkner was very impressive for Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Meanwhile, left-armer Mitchell Starc appeared to be the main worry as he was tentative after his return from ankle surgery, the report added.

(With inputs from ANI)