Tasmania v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 1st day November 10, 2010

Harris shines in front of Ponting on rainy day

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Tasmania 4 for 120 (Cosgrove 41*, Harris 3-50) v Queensland

Ryan Harris delivered a timely reminder of his form to Ricky Ponting as Queensland had Tasmania 4 for 120 at the end of a rain-interrupted first day. Ponting, who made a start with 32 in a rare Sheffield Shield appearance, was the only wicket Harris didn't manage as he claimed 3 for 50 from 18 overs on a lively Bellerive Oval surface.

However, Ponting got a close-up view of Harris' recovery from knee surgery and will pass on his notes to the Australian selectors as they prepare for Monday's announcement of the opening Ashes squad. Harris is an outside chance of rejoining the side, which he represented in two Tests this year before succumbing to the injury.

Harris had Jon Wells lbw in the opening over and thought he had Ponting with an lbw appeal early in his innings. Ponting was dismissed instead by James Hopes when he edged to Chris Lynn at third slip after collecting five boundaries. The conditions were tricky for the locals, who were sent in, and Ponting will chase more batting practice for the Ashes in the second innings.

Tasmania were 3 for 56 when Harris bowled George Bailey and he struck again after a three-hour rain delay, removing Ed Cowan (30) before bad light stopped play. Mark Cosgrove finished unbeaten on 41 while Travis Birt was 11. Queensland are desperate for a strong showing after being dismissed for 75 and 96 by New South Wales in their previous Shield match.

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  • James on November 11, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I have never heard anyone say how Hauritz got anyone out and I wonder whether a bowling machine set on 'gentle off-spin' would not do exactly the same as Haurie, or whether the law of averages has more influence on his results than he does. It is surprising that Australia does not produce more spin bowlers with strong arms and shoulders, who can turn it at least half-a-yard six balls in a row if need be.

  • James on November 11, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    I agree with Something_Witty. Dougie, Johnson, Hilfy and Harris for the Gabba, taking Hauritz will be a waste of a spot in the team, all he will do is potentially get a lazy batsman to play a bad shot, there's North, Kattich and Clarke who can do that and still bat.

  • Jim on November 11, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Harris is a good bowler, can't pay much attention to the first day's play here though. For those that haven't seen any vision, batsmen were leaving balls they thought were wide of off stump and getting hit in the ribs.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    if only Aus had a spinner to play in the 1st test!

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Is there a petition somewhere that you can sign to send Cricket Australia to ask them to play 4 quicks at the gabba? Hauritz getting taken for 6 an over by a rookie and a hussey kind of nullifies the argument that he can tie down an end.

  • Ravi on November 10, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    In all this everyone is missing the point that poor form is not yet over Ponting..he did not score enough and he is struggling clearly!!I hope he never comes back to form!!

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Please please please pick Ryan Harris for the Ashes... he is the best bowler in the country at the moment. Don't worry about his age, hes still got 4-5 years left in him

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    harris me joe i would have his unborn

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    good to see qld not playing like 4th grade team, hopefully they can keep it up. good luck to harris for a test spot sometime this summer

  • John on November 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    If it were up to me, I'd play four quicks at the Gabba. Dougie, Johnson, Hilfy and Harris. A spinner would not be necessary with that kind of bowling lineup.

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