Hard work paid off, says Harris

Ryan Harris said he deserved the wickets for his patient bowling in the first innings AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Galle: Sep 3, 2011

Ryan Harris, who claimed three wickets against Sri Lanka on Friday, said his hard work paid dividends in the second innings.

Harris picked up the scalps of Tharanga Paranavitana, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Prasanna Jayawardene to end the day with figures of three for 24 on day three.

The Australian all-rounder said he deserved the wickets for his patient bowling in the first innings.

“It’s good reward. I knew I wasn’t far away in the first innings so I just wanted to do the same thing today and got some wickets, so it’s very rewarding,” Harris said.

Harris caught Paranavitana in front of the wicket, and almost snared Kumar Sangakkara in the very next ball.

“I know the first one, to me, was out. I obviously didn’t know where it pitched, but I swung it back in and that to me was dead, but obviously being told it wasn’t, it pitched outside leg stump, and the second one maybe was closer. (It’s just) one of those things,” Harris said.

“That’s what we tried to do, we planned that before we came over and we’ve been talking a lot about that as quick bowlers that’s what we want to do,” Harris said.

“The wickets are pretty flat but the natural variation in the wicket is going to help us. With that old ball, I love bowling with the old ball, bowling in and out swingers and that sort of stuff.”

“Shane Watson, the length he bowled in their first innings was great, and today with that ball to Sangakkara, that is what we’re trying to do, exploit all those different conditions and hopefully the ball plays up for us.”