<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia's Ryan Harris admits he could have played for England" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130426174653.jpg" title="Australia's Ryan Harris admits he could have played for England" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sydney-born Ryan Harris has a British passport because his father was born in Leicester and, while playing for English county Sussex in 2008, he had considered committing himself to his dad's country of birth © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Jul 19, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> pace bowler <a href="/tags/Ryan-Harris/post" target="_blank">Ryan Harris</a> tormented <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> on the first day of the second Test at Lord's and then revealed he could have been an Ashes hero for the hosts.<br /> <br /> After England finished the day wobbling at 289 for seven, Harris admitted he could just as easily have been wearing England's colours instead of the famous baggy green Australian cap.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Sydney/post" target="_blank">Sydney</a>-born Harris has a British passport because his father was born in Leicester and, while playing for English county Sussex in 2008, he had considered committing himself to his dad's country of birth.<br /> <br /> But Queensland, impressed by his form for Sussex, moved in to sign him on condition he committed himself to Australia.<br /> <br /> Speaking in the England and Wales Cricket Board offices after play closed on Thursday, he said: "Last time I was in this building I had a meeting with (former England captain) <a href="/tags/Mike-Gatting/post" target="_blank">Mike Gatting</a> about that passport. I travelled here to play a little bit, and having an English passport made it a bit easier.<br /> <br /> "But dad moved over to Australia when he was 10 or 11, so he was brought up an Aussie and brought me and my brother up as Aussies. It was a messy situation. I had a really good offer for Queensland that came through at the time, and that's where I thought I might have one last crack at trying to play for Australia. Obviously, it was the right move."<br /> <br /> Thursday's success was a cathartic moment for Harris, who has battled back from a series of ailments that threatened to wreck his career following his belated Test debut aged 30 in 2010.<br /> <br /> Harris ripped the heart out of England's top order on Thursday with three valuable wickets, including two in five balls, to keep Australia in contention for a crucial victory in the battle to regain the Ashes.<br /> <br /> The 33-year-old dismissed <a href="/tags/Joe-Root/post" target="_blank">Joe Root</a> and <a href="/tags/Kevin-Pietersen/post" target="_blank">Kevin Pietersen</a> and then returned to make another important breakthrough when he tempted Jonathan Trott into a rash stroke.<br /> <br /> "It was a great feeling to be back, having that new ball in my hand this morning at Lord's felt pretty special," he said.<br /> <br /> "It's been pretty frustrating absolutely. I know if I'm bowling well I can play at this level but for me it's trying to stay fit.<br /> <br /> "I've got constant niggles which any fast bowler has so it's just a matter of managing that."<br /> <br /> Harris has been plagued by a series of injuries including a chronic knee problem that will be with him until he retires.