Ashes 2013: Ryan Harris in contention for 2nd Test at Lord’s

The green wicket at Lord’s will be conducive for Ryan Harris’ swing bowling © Getty Images

London: Jul 18, 2013
 
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is likely to be part of the playing XI in the second Ashes Test match at Lord’s starting on Thursday.
 
According to a report by Australian Associated Press, while fast bowlers had a day off from training, James Pattinson, James Faulkner and Ryan Harris were seen batting in the nets.

Moreover, with the green wicket at Lord’s conducive to swing bowling, Harris has a strong case to be included in the side.
 
Similar to the build up for the first test, Australian skipper Michael Clarke kept away from declaring his playing XI for the match. If selected, this would Harris’ first appearance for Australia after a year. The fast bowler has been prone to injury and has returned to the international circuit recovering from an Achilles injury.
 
The dilemma over whom to drop in the pace department will be a tough call for Clarke if the 33-year old is to be included in the side.
 
Even on the batting front, Ed Cowan’s struggle at Trent Bridge could brighten Usman Khawaja’s chances for claiming a spot for the second Test.
 
Australia will leave no stone unturned to level the series. As a statistical relief, the visitors enjoy a formidable record at the venue with 14 wins and just one loss. “It is definitely relevant. It feels like a home ground for us,” said Clarke.