Ashes 2013: Ryan Harris feels Jonny Bairstow's no-ball dismissal could cost Australia the series

Jonny Bairstow (right) looks on as the umpires consult for a no-ball after Bairstow was castled by Peter Siddle © Getty Images

London: Jul 19, 2013

Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris felt that the let off for Jonny Bairstow during the early stages of his innings in the Lord’s Test could cost Australia heavily as the right-handed batsman eventually scored 67 runs.

“There is no excuse for it. The line is there for a reason. It is not acceptable. It cost us a lot of runs today and potentially it can cost the Ashes. The guys work hard on it in training so we don’t get into any bad habits,” Harris was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

Bairstow was batting on 21 and England were precariously placed at 169 for four. Peter Siddle almost made it five, when he went through the defence of Bairstow with a straighter delivery. The umpire after confirming upstairs indicated that Siddle’s foot had landed on the line and there was nothing behind. The no-ball meant a reprieve for Bairstow who made the most of the second life.

“There was disappointment when it happened and Darren [Lehmann] was not happy when we got to lunch. You just can’t afford to take 11 wickets. It was probably the only one he bowled all day but it happened to be a wicket and it is funny how it works like that,” he added.

Bairstow was eventually dismissed by part-time spinner Steven Smith who caused havoc later in the day snaring three quick wickets to pull back England. “The way they were going they would have ended up four for more than 300 so for us to get those three late wickets definitely puts us ahead,” said Harris.

Harris was the most successful among the pacers as he picked three top-order wickets. The 33-year old who has been constantly plagued by injuries finally played a Test for Australia after almost a year. In the past three years he has managed to feature in just 12 Test matches which indicates the problem.

“It has been frustrating. If I am bowling well I know I can play at this level but it is just trying to stay fit. I have got constant niggles. It is a matter of managing that. My goal on this tour is to be on the plane home with the rest of the guys instead of going home early [with injury].” concluded Harris.