Australia's bowling attack at par with England: Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris (above) feels England will have a tough time if Mitchell Starc performs well in the Ashes © Getty Images

London: Jun 21, 2013

Fast bowler Ryan Harris has backed the Australian pace attack to silence the team’s critics, who have declared them ”at least a match for their James Anderson-led counterparts”.

Australia is being written off as a lost cause everywhere from social media to the back pages of the British tabloids, with a common theme being predictions of a 10-0 England whitewash of the looming back-to-back Ashes series, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The report further said that former England skipper Michael Vaughan has led the charge on Twitter, seizing on every Australian stumble in the lead-up. However, Harris said that he just laughs off Vaughan’s tweets.

”I’ve noticed it. I’m on Twitter,” said Harris. ”I see Michael Vaughan tweet every day and just laugh at him to be honest.”

”If we’re looking at those things and getting motivated [by them] we shouldn’t be here. We’ve got enough motivation in an Ashes series to come over and win back the urn.”

Despite England spearhead Anderson being widely regarded as the premier quick in Test cricket, Harris threw down the gauntlet to England captain Alastair Cook and his batting line-up by saying that Australia’s pace attack is potentially more devastating than England”s.

Harris praised compatriots James Pattinson and Peter Siddle. ”We’ve got a very good attack, if not better,” he said.

”James Pattinson has come back and he’s been bowling unbelievably well and fast during the [Australia A] games. Peter Siddle’s doing the same,” he concluded.

Praising Mitchell Starc, Harris said that if Starc delivers the same performance that he did last summer, it would be a tough time for Cook and his men, adding that their attack is suited to the English conditions.

(With inputs from ANI)