Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo September 14, 2011

Harris in serious doubt for third Test

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Ryan Harris, the Australia fast bowler, is in considerable doubt for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo after scans revealed a minor hamstring strain sustained on the final day of the second Test in Pallekele. Having taken six wickets for the match, Harris, 31, complained of hamstring stiffness and left the field towards the end of play on the fifth day, with subsequent examinations confirming some damage had been sustained.

"It showed there was a minor strain in one of the muscles in my hammy," Harris said. "It's probably not the news we're after but I'm getting constant treatment. We'll see what happens in the next day or two. There's got to be some doubt because something showed up.

"I'm obviously pretty keen to play but going in I am a risk. If Michael [Clarke] is happy to take me in with a slight risk then I'll give it 100%. It's a pretty big game so if not I'll sit out and do as I'm told."

Harris said he felt pain in his hamstring on the fourth day of the Pallekele Test itself but continued bowling with it as it wasn't acute. "I'm a fast bowler so I bowl with stiffness every day. Walking around I don't feel it, it's not there at all. I felt it probably in the first or second step of my delivery stride; there was a bit of a twinge but it wasn't enough to make me grab it or have to stop.

"I guess the fear is pushing it too hard; I could potentially rip it further and it would become a two-month thing rather than, as it as at the moment, something that requires a week or two of recovery time."

Harris' absence would be a serious blow to Australia's chances of securing a series victory in Sri Lanka, as he has taken 11 wickets for the series at the startling average of 14.54 and a strike rate of 36, consistently troubling the hosts with the new ball and also posing plenty of problems by reverse-swinging the old one.

Should Harris be ruled out, his place would likely be taken by one of the Victorian duo of Peter Siddle or James Pattinson. Siddle is the more experienced quick but Pattinson has also impressed many on the tour with his speed and swing. Harris said either man could do the job.

"I know the guys who haven't been playing have been in the nets every day; they're ready to go if they're needed. As a bowling group, we've put Sri Lanka under pressure and tied down their runs. In those periods we've taken wickets to keep the pressure on them so I'm pretty confident we can continue that."

The scheduling of three back-to-back Tests was always going to be difficult for Harris on his return to Test cricket after he missed the first third of 2011 with an ankle fracture sustained in the Melbourne Ashes Test. Harris must also manage degenerative right knee trouble, an ailment that has caused him to question his longevity in the game more than once. So attuned has Harris become to the task of managing his knee, and preparing himself mentally for the day when it can't support his bowling action any longer, that it is currently troubling him less than other instances of wear and tear.

"I didn't expect it to be anything but my knee. With my knee, the more I do the better it seems to get. Even having two days off now it gets sore not doing anything. It's disappointing because I've done a fair bit of work to be nice and strong again and something minor like this [the hamstring strain] has upset it. I've had a good pre-season in the gym, I've got my legs probably strong as I've ever had them, and the rest of me felt good; I dropped some weight too."

Harris confronts cricket mortality with the same frankness and honesty that is serving him so well at the bowling crease. He said he wants to play international cricket for another three years, and that he would like to play as many matches as the team required him to in that period.

"I don't want the selectors to feel that I'm a Test-by-Test proposition. I came over here to play three Test matches. They probably had it in the back of their minds that maybe three back-to-back Tests were going to be tough for me. But every tour I go on, if it's a three or five-match tour, I'm aiming to play all the games.

"Last summer, going into the Ashes, I did at the back of mind consider that I may have to retire by the end of the series. But the more I did, the better my knee got. I don't want to be looked upon as getting special treatment and picking the Test matches I play."

Special treatment has, however, become more necessary the better Harris has bowled for Australia. Despite the results he has got in Sri Lanka, Harris thinks he can improve.

"This is going to sound silly, but I still don't feel 100% when I'm bowling. The good thing is I'm still putting the ball in a good spot and getting wickets. I've probably been down on getting consistent pace, but bowling fast is not always a great thing on these wickets in Sri Lanka. It's putting it in the right spot and letting the ball move around.

Harris has proven himself capable of the versatility of the best bowlers, using a fuller length than normal in Sri Lanka to stunning effect. He has occasionally checked himself, wondering if he is bowling half-volleys, but the advice of captains and team-mates has kept him pitching it up in search of swing and seam.

"Something I worked on before I got over here, and talked about when I first got here, was bowling a bit fuller on these wickets. It is something that Tim Nielsen [the Australia coach] and Craig [McDermott, Australia's bowling coach] have really drilled into me. Bowling short of a length over here it sort of sits up a bit more."

Should Harris keep his body together, his next assignment will be in South Africa on wickets that will be more than suitable to his skills. It is a prospect he relishes.

"I've watched plenty of Test cricket over there and the ball goes through a bit quicker with the altitude. It will be exciting to play international cricket in a place I haven't before. I've played the IPL over there but it'll be nice to get over there and play against another quality international side."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hamdan22 on September 15, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I have to say one thing that Pettinson should play for Harris.Because Australia is leading the series at the moment.so it wont be a trouble in Pettinson.

  • Meety on September 15, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Oh well its official - Siddle in for Harris. Not overly happy about that but.... he's just as likely to bag a 5 for. I like Siddle's heart, like Harris he'll bowl all day until something breaks. Would of been good to see Pattinson get a go.

  • AidanFX on September 15, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I am glad the bowler not on the sidelines is Bollinger; don't get me wrong he has a great heart and works hard in the field but he is not test quality. Great for One Dayers but not tests. The Australian public are awaiting the debut of young Pattison. In the glory days of Aus cricket it used to always frustrate me how late our players used to debut (Katich, Hussey, Leeman, Hodge, Clark, Gilchrist - others who came back late Hayden, Martin, Langer). There were pros and cons to this; it meant in an already strong team Aus introduced ready made cricketers who slotted in beautifully. However I knew this approach of shunning youth who had the chance to have long successful careers (Warne/ Mcgrath/ Ponting/ Waugh twins or int stars Tendulka/ Pollock/ Lara/ Donald) would always cost us eventually. And it did amongst other reasons. This is why I think Aus should be patient with Khwaja and Hughes, even for some short term pain. Both will come good.

  • naveenpnayak on September 15, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    The track we do have in colombo would be a spinning track.. So I would probably say dont risk Harris career.. He has done a wonderful job in dis series where he swinged the ball so well and got all the Sri-Lankan batsmen into trouble. So definitely it is a big Loss for Aussies for not having him around in the 3rd and Final test. I would probably play both the spinners- Lyon and Beer. Drop Hughes for Ponting. And give rest to Johnson because time and again he has been there in the team for a long time so would atleast provide a chance for Siddle or Pattinson. It would have been so nice if we would have had Bollinger in this tour. I dont know why these fellowmates prefer playing for IPL than their country..

  • hamdan22 on September 15, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    If Ryan Harris wont play Pettinson is the right choice to Australia.Pettinson can beat Srilankan batsmen through his short balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rohanbala on September 15, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Its the right time for the selectors to try Pattinson in the line up for the next test in place of Harris. By opting for an injury-recovering Harris, the bowling department will be weakened in case of a breakdown during the course of the match. Johnson should gear up and put in a better performance both with the ball and bat. Haddin's batting performance has been a total disappointment and the selectors should give him a nudge and say that he cannot take his place for granted on past performances. As for Hughes, one hopes that the batting coach gives him more time at the nets and ask him to curb his "awkward jump" at the crease.

  • on September 15, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I thnk aussies should go with Douggie... our Csk bowling spearhead... how is that???

  • hyclass on September 15, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    With Harris notionally unavailable and Johnson an enigma,Copeland will be left to carry the attack unless an intelligent decision is made on the bowling lineup.Siddle is down on pace,form and wicket taking.In my estimation,its a consequence of never fully recovering from injury,but that still leaves Australia needing another pace bowler.Pattinson may prove in the future,to be a contender.His ODI record is good,but his current 1st class record of 19 wickets from only 6 games at 29,S/R 60,gives no indication.My Test squad would have contained Bollinger,O'Keefe,Coulter-Nile,D.Hussey and North as an off- spinner and ommitted Pattinson,Lyon,Beer,Marsh and Siddle.There needs to be a rethink on Lyon.Outside his 5/34 on an ICC sanctioned Galle minefield,he has 5 for 288 in 5 innings on this tour at 57 and 17 wickets in 6.5 games at 47 in his career.At some point,intelligent people will realise that career records dont lie.I expect Ponting for Marsh,Siddle for Harris and possibly Beer for Lyon.

  • hyclass on September 14, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    @landl47.Good comparison.Bond was lethal-150kmh+ and outswing,when his body held together.His 18 test career of 87 wickets at 22, S/R 38 is impressive.The impression is that Siddles inconsistenty,is attributal to a lack of character and skill.I dont subscribe to this.I believe,hes never recovered from injury and was terribly handled by the Australian physios.Its instructive,that when undertaking extra recovery work with Carlton Football Club,he publicly commented on how surprised he was at the level of fitness and strength required by a professional athlete,indicating he wasnt aware.Its incredible,given the plethora of coaches that populate the national team.Bollinger is the natural replacment.His Test record is excellent.His pre-Test series efforts in SL repudiated CA comments .In 2010-11,he followed CA injunctions exactly re IPL and Shield.It reduced his performance in one Test.Theyre happy to propagate the myth that he is unfit & lacks character,when it was entirely their own doing.

  • Wozza-CY on September 14, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Given the success of debutants on this tour for Australia, I'd be giving Pattinson the ball & say rip in! Those who dismiss Copeland as a 'one trick pony' clearly know little about the subtleties of pace bowling.

  • hamdan22 on September 15, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I have to say one thing that Pettinson should play for Harris.Because Australia is leading the series at the moment.so it wont be a trouble in Pettinson.

  • Meety on September 15, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Oh well its official - Siddle in for Harris. Not overly happy about that but.... he's just as likely to bag a 5 for. I like Siddle's heart, like Harris he'll bowl all day until something breaks. Would of been good to see Pattinson get a go.

  • AidanFX on September 15, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I am glad the bowler not on the sidelines is Bollinger; don't get me wrong he has a great heart and works hard in the field but he is not test quality. Great for One Dayers but not tests. The Australian public are awaiting the debut of young Pattison. In the glory days of Aus cricket it used to always frustrate me how late our players used to debut (Katich, Hussey, Leeman, Hodge, Clark, Gilchrist - others who came back late Hayden, Martin, Langer). There were pros and cons to this; it meant in an already strong team Aus introduced ready made cricketers who slotted in beautifully. However I knew this approach of shunning youth who had the chance to have long successful careers (Warne/ Mcgrath/ Ponting/ Waugh twins or int stars Tendulka/ Pollock/ Lara/ Donald) would always cost us eventually. And it did amongst other reasons. This is why I think Aus should be patient with Khwaja and Hughes, even for some short term pain. Both will come good.

  • naveenpnayak on September 15, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    The track we do have in colombo would be a spinning track.. So I would probably say dont risk Harris career.. He has done a wonderful job in dis series where he swinged the ball so well and got all the Sri-Lankan batsmen into trouble. So definitely it is a big Loss for Aussies for not having him around in the 3rd and Final test. I would probably play both the spinners- Lyon and Beer. Drop Hughes for Ponting. And give rest to Johnson because time and again he has been there in the team for a long time so would atleast provide a chance for Siddle or Pattinson. It would have been so nice if we would have had Bollinger in this tour. I dont know why these fellowmates prefer playing for IPL than their country..

  • hamdan22 on September 15, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    If Ryan Harris wont play Pettinson is the right choice to Australia.Pettinson can beat Srilankan batsmen through his short balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rohanbala on September 15, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Its the right time for the selectors to try Pattinson in the line up for the next test in place of Harris. By opting for an injury-recovering Harris, the bowling department will be weakened in case of a breakdown during the course of the match. Johnson should gear up and put in a better performance both with the ball and bat. Haddin's batting performance has been a total disappointment and the selectors should give him a nudge and say that he cannot take his place for granted on past performances. As for Hughes, one hopes that the batting coach gives him more time at the nets and ask him to curb his "awkward jump" at the crease.

  • on September 15, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I thnk aussies should go with Douggie... our Csk bowling spearhead... how is that???

  • hyclass on September 15, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    With Harris notionally unavailable and Johnson an enigma,Copeland will be left to carry the attack unless an intelligent decision is made on the bowling lineup.Siddle is down on pace,form and wicket taking.In my estimation,its a consequence of never fully recovering from injury,but that still leaves Australia needing another pace bowler.Pattinson may prove in the future,to be a contender.His ODI record is good,but his current 1st class record of 19 wickets from only 6 games at 29,S/R 60,gives no indication.My Test squad would have contained Bollinger,O'Keefe,Coulter-Nile,D.Hussey and North as an off- spinner and ommitted Pattinson,Lyon,Beer,Marsh and Siddle.There needs to be a rethink on Lyon.Outside his 5/34 on an ICC sanctioned Galle minefield,he has 5 for 288 in 5 innings on this tour at 57 and 17 wickets in 6.5 games at 47 in his career.At some point,intelligent people will realise that career records dont lie.I expect Ponting for Marsh,Siddle for Harris and possibly Beer for Lyon.

  • hyclass on September 14, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    @landl47.Good comparison.Bond was lethal-150kmh+ and outswing,when his body held together.His 18 test career of 87 wickets at 22, S/R 38 is impressive.The impression is that Siddles inconsistenty,is attributal to a lack of character and skill.I dont subscribe to this.I believe,hes never recovered from injury and was terribly handled by the Australian physios.Its instructive,that when undertaking extra recovery work with Carlton Football Club,he publicly commented on how surprised he was at the level of fitness and strength required by a professional athlete,indicating he wasnt aware.Its incredible,given the plethora of coaches that populate the national team.Bollinger is the natural replacment.His Test record is excellent.His pre-Test series efforts in SL repudiated CA comments .In 2010-11,he followed CA injunctions exactly re IPL and Shield.It reduced his performance in one Test.Theyre happy to propagate the myth that he is unfit & lacks character,when it was entirely their own doing.

  • Wozza-CY on September 14, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Given the success of debutants on this tour for Australia, I'd be giving Pattinson the ball & say rip in! Those who dismiss Copeland as a 'one trick pony' clearly know little about the subtleties of pace bowling.

  • Nerk on September 14, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    In a few tests Harris has proved that he is Australias best bowler. Johnson is our 'X' factor, if 'x factor' means 'bowler who can occasionally bowl and bat well, maybe once or twice a year.' Some people call it a weak link. Don't get me wrong, Johnson was shaping up to be one of Australia's most devastating bowlers, but his progress went backwards and now he is certainly not amongst Australia's best. A prolonged stint at shield level might do him good. Copeland is proving himself as a good, accurate bowler, but really it is either him or Siddle. They are too much alike, except one is faster than the other. I would really like to see bolly back, he is a more complete bowler than MJ and far more consistant. As for Patterson, good bowler at shield, can he fire up for test cricket?

  • Meety on September 14, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    @Lalanka de Silva - great comments, you are typical of most of the good natured banter during this series between Oz & SL fans. @flightedchinaman - yes Huss the allrounder! Pup's secret weapon! LOL! @ landl47 - know what you mean. I was worried that back to back to back tests would eventually get him. I'd prefer if there is a slight concern - he be rested. @jonesy2 - IMO - you are half right - half wrong. Yes, he shouldn't be getting soft tissue damage.... but, with his knee problems, there is a strong chance the rest of his body is overcompensating & putting extra wear & tear on non-related parts of the body.

  • smudgeon on September 14, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    Just reading Eli's comment below, I wonder whether the Aussies would gamble on replacing Harris with both Siddle and Pattinson. If the SSC pitch is as much of a road as I hear it is (recent results suggest there's not much for the bowlers), would it be worth taking in an extra bowler to cope with the possible long days in the field? Johnson, Siddle, Pattinson, Copeland & Lyon, ably supported by Watson - doesn't sound too bad. Plus, an extra bowler may be enough to create extra chances - fresh legs, variety & all that. Copeland proved that he's no slouch with the bat, Johnson can thump the ball when his confidence is up, and Siddle can hang around if need be (probably longer than Haddin, at the moment). Anyways, the cynic in me says that they'll pick Siddle, keep Marsh, drop Khawaja or Hughes, and slot Ponting back in at 3.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 14, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    I'm looking ahead to the future in thinking that Harris shouldnt be risked in the slightest and the excellent opportunity to blood Pattinson should be taken. THIS team as it is isnt going to win major series and we need to be building towards the next team. To that end i'd leave Ponting out and play Marsh and Khawaja again. If Australia is going to win the Ashes it wont be with Siddle, Johnson , Haddin and probably Ponting.

  • Buggsy on September 14, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    No matter what the circumstances, I hope they never bring back Siddle. He's had his chances and apart from the rare moment of brilliance he's proven useless time and again. Pattinson should be given a go.

    @Eli - unfortunately some people just don't have the body to survive a career as a fast bowler no matter how well they're managed.

  • on September 14, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    @Mendis_Forever,,, Yes but we cant use it as an excuse, but I get what you are saying,, specially in the galle test we missed his services,, given that our bowling is inexperienced I thought they did a fine job,, its our batting that has let out team down!!!!

  • Vindaliew on September 14, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Harris has been the anchor of Australia's bowling this series. Hopefully he recovers in time - Australia cannot really afford to lose him at the moment. Johnson doesn't like leading the pack, while Siddle has good days and bad days. Harris is the only one among the experienced bowlers approaching the consistent menace of a Brett Lee and Glen McGrath. He needs to be a permanent fixture until the youngsters have built their confidence - take the first over, be the go-to man, while Johnson and Siddle can have their short bursts of inspiration here and there.

  • jonesy2 on September 14, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    doug should be the replacement if ryano cant bowl. doug can swing the new and reverse the old ball. him and siddle can cage fight for the spot if they want

  • jonesy2 on September 14, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Blake Houston & Ben1989 --- no no i am harris' biggest fan trust me but im saying that in term of micro managing fast bowlers shouldnt be getting soft tissue injuries. stress fractures, shoulder injuries etc are unfortunetly part of the practise but soft tissue is something that just should not happen useless acute muscle fatigue is an issue

  • on September 14, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Cricket mortality is an interesting novel term. Shouldn't it be "too much cricket mortality". It's a pity fast bowlers especially the more exciting ones like Akhtar, Bond and Malinga are paying an unfair price for the game.There should be better management. One would like to see three or four fast bowlers in any team like the Windies of the 70s in short bursts so that the load is shared more. It would be a great sight too.The increased fire power could make up for the batting lost.Shouldn't Aussies with their biomechanics expertise look into Harris action to see if there isn't a flaw contributing to the injuries, though it's probably a bit late now?

  • zico123 on September 14, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Mitchel Jonson is the most inconsistant bowler Australia had, but to everyone's surprise they consider him as their head of the bowling pack, he should have been dropped long back from the test side! Siddle is far better than Mitchel Jonson

  • MENDIS_Forever on September 14, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    @ Lalanka de Silva: u r absolutely right. Harris is a match winnerBut b.on the other hand we can argue that we played without our best bowler(mendis).Isn't it?

  • MENDIS_Forever on September 14, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    how about bringing micheal starc?

  • landl47 on September 14, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Harris looks like being another Shane Bond- a great bowler who simply can't stay healthy. He'll be 32 on October 11 and he hasn't played 50 first-class games yet. He might not want to be considered a test-by-test proposition (who does?) but if he can't play this will be the third series in a year he's been unable to complete because of injury. A great pity, because he's a good bloke, tries hard all the time and when he's fit is the best Aus seamer by a distance.

  • kevinpp24 on September 14, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan fan and i completely agree OZ outplayed SL in the ongoing series even when we prepared dust bowl at Galle. Its really heartening to see former champions coming good again. I really feel OZ should try lot of youngsters in meaningless ODIs and T20s, they actually tried some bowlers but not lot of batsmen. Infact they got some good bowlers already but all their current batsmen are in 30s, so young batsmen should be the way to go. They made a good move to leave out Katich eventhough its a bit harsh and i hope they move quick from all 30+ batsmen. The problem was when they were in rebuilding phase they still went on picking late 20s batsmen and when they felt settled their batsmen were nearing their end.

  • flightedchinaman on September 14, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Don't worry about Harris' injury - keep the extra batsman (marsh, khawaja, hughes) when Ponting comes back. With the form Mike Hussey's in with the ball we don't need another pace bowler.

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    @Asanka,, sorry mate your comment is made without proper consideration,,, he is the man who as done the bulk of the damage to the SL batting order,,,,, last years one dayers in Aus has nothing to do with this tour,,,, how you can compare the 2 is beyond me,,,,, as a sri lankan I too want our boys to win,, but i like to give credit when its due,,,, harris had played very well in this series,,,,, SL has all the opportunity to win the last test,,, will it happen or not I dont know,,,, but if it does I would have wanted to beat a side that had their best bowler (Harris) in it rather than a team that doesnt have their best bowler on tour!!!!!!

  • Dashgar on September 14, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    so much negativity about Siddle, I can't believe it! He's already been successful in India because he bowls with pace and can bowl bouncers and yorkers on any pitch which is perfect if there isn't movement off the pitch. He was the only bowler to consistently trouble the English. He really should never have been dropped and should get his chance now.

  • on September 14, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    think Harris need to drop more kg's, not saying his fat but a stocky strong fast bowler are always gonna struggle with hammies, i feel for him tho,he's great bowler and he will be sorely missed if he doesn't make it to the 3rd test, and people who bag Copeland needs a smack in the chin, he bowles great line and length keeps it very tight and doesn't go for many runs and takes wickets,having him in the side will restrict team scoring large amount of runs in a day and also lets Johnson cut lose at one end. good balance side at the moment, he will bowl brilliant in south Africa, them pitches are tailor made for his bowling,Harris Copeland Johnson Watson and Lyons are gonna win Australia a lot of games.

  • hmmmmm... on September 14, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    If my count isn't wrong, we've had "bowl-n-hope- Mitch for 10 innings now, so this is the match we get "crazy good Mitch" to make up for the loss of Harris!

  • on September 14, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Siddle is in terrible form as evidenced by the recent Australia A tour. Pattinson is the future, time to blood him.

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 14, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    It is a shame that the two Australian bowlers most capable of doing real damage are Harris who is usually great when he plays, but only fit half the time and Johnson who is usually fit but only any good every forth game. I assume Pattinson is a better player than his brother?

  • Chris_P on September 14, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @ Asanka Dilruk Namal. "Harris is not big issue for SL ". Huh??? Who's the guy that looks like him who has been all the wreckage to Sri Lanka then? Will you please, stop using ODI form as any indicator for tests. It doesn't don't count! And please move on from useless ODI series. We won over there but again, it means squat in the overall scheme of things. @ Nitesh Pandey. Half an atatck huh? You better pray they don't lose to "half an attack" otherwise your boys will not look too good.

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    @Asanka...which part of "he has taken 11 wickets for the series at the startling average of 14.54 and a strike rate of 36" means he's not a threat to SL?

  • on September 14, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @Asanka...which part of "he has taken 11 wickets for the series at the startling average of 14.54 and a strike rate of 36" means he's not a threat to SL?

  • VivGilchrist on September 14, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    @Asanka, Harris didn't play in that series? Why do some of you compare an ODI series with Tests - there 2 different games people.

  • AidanFX on September 14, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Just went to an onlight cricket highlights to watch highlights of Pattinson bowling. I am almost sold he should be put straight in the side. The guy has a beautiful action and has a good physique for a young man; looks the goods to me and worth fast tracking. I wonder if he should really be getting the nod ahead of Copeland irrespective of whether Harris is fit. I am also aware this is growing feeling Johnson needs to be dropped. I understand why people are saying that but I still think his diversity and akwardness as a genuine left arm quick is good for the overall balance of the side. I believe his bowling has been more important than his stats are revealing this test series even if he has typically sprayed some.

  • davidallan on September 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    No boy he should definatly be playing

  • on September 14, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Without Harris Aussie attack is reduced to half!

  • on September 14, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Harris is more like australia's version of Shane Bond, a match winner but always injured. The captain, coaching staff and physio must be able to manage harris' fitness and workload so that he can continue playing the game, perhaps use him in short 7 over bursts like they use to do with Brett Lee. Otherwise asking him to bowl day in, day out would make him very injury prone.

  • Rafelgibt on September 14, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Its really a setback for AUS.Ryan Harris is really a world class bowler for AUS.I would like to see himin the field assoon as possible.Siddle and Pattinson both are very good bowlers to be replaced.So, sweet problem for the Aussie.

  • bucks032 on September 14, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    send siddle back to state cricket to see if he can move the ball, you can bowl with all the heart in the world but on todays pitches, especially in the subcontinent you will be taken to the cleaners. Bring pattinson in!!!

  • ramenvis on September 14, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    why not beer , Pattinson and Siddle may not be as good as Harris Beer can support Nathan Lyan well Australia seem to be stuck on the 1 spinner only theory

  • sando_35 on September 14, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Massive loss. I love Sids' style, reckon he's fantastic to watch but the fact is he struggles to swing the ball and is too similar to Johnson. If Mitch was injured, Siddle's the obvious replacement, but gotta go like for like and bring in Pattinson in this case

  • on September 14, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Harris is not big issue for SL !!! He did nothing for last tour SL vs Aus in MCG.......... Remember the ODI series SL won ........So if there is no rain SL should win last test No doubt

  • on September 14, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    @jonesy2. how is it bad management, they have rested him from all the ODI's so he could be at his best fitness for the tests, and he got through 2 test matches fine, at least selectors are aware of the injury BEFORE the start of 3rd test so they can rest him. Peter siddle can come straight in, I'm sure he'll be a good replacement.

  • on September 14, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Ryan Harris has been instrumental in on going Test series and he has been demolished Srilanka in last two test his absence will be a sigh of relief for the Sri lankan who are looking to level the series

  • PeteB on September 14, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Harris is always going to be a test by test concern with his injury problems. He needs to be wrapped in cotton wool and paid a whole bunch of money so he doesn't play in the IPL.

  • Ben1989 on September 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    @jonesy, understand where ur coming from but considering it's harris that's a fairly harsh call, I think his body will always be like this regardless of preparation, but yes certainly give pattinson a go, I feel sorry for siddle but don't believe he's the future...

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 14, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Peter is a better choice

  • on September 14, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Its sad that these sort of things always happen with him.....I am An Indian but i think Harris Is second only to steyn currently......It is a pleasure to watch him

  • AidanFX on September 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Harris is too good to risk, One nil up; prob going to be a flat wicket with we weather a draw is on the card. Part of me wants Siddle to have a go and thinks he deserves it but lets unleash Pattison, SL players may struggle against his sought.

  • smudgeon on September 14, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Harris is the new McDermott? Poor sod, he's so good when he's fit, but he's rarely long without an injury. Who to replace him? Jeez, if I had to pick between the two options above, I'd go with the uncapped Pattinson. Siddle's "bang 'em in hard" approach isn't going to cut it in SL, unless there's something in the pitch which is pretty unlikely. If Pattinson can bowl all day, and swing the ball, he might be the best option. I would have preferred to see Butterworth or Bollinger in the squad in lieu of Siddle, both are excellent bowlers with a wealth of experience and excellent recent form, but it's a little late now. Go with Pattinson, it's been a good tour so far for debutantes!

  • HatsforBats on September 14, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Siddle or Pattinson, not concerned either way. I can't really see them replacing a quick to go in with 2 spinners. With the weather forecast for showers over the first 3 days and just about every day of each test so far losing time to light this game will surely be a draw (barring a pitch like Galle). 1-0 to Aus, they deserve better, but a win's a win.

  • on September 14, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Give Pattinson a go ! Siddle is not the man for the track. Pattinson's also somebody they haven't faced before, the surprise factor may come into it.

  • kevinpp24 on September 14, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Even if he wasn't injured, i would say rest him. He's very injury prone and the SSC pitch is one of the flatest wickets in the world so no worth in playing him in SSC. I would say rest Harris and Johnson since a long summer is ahead and play 4 out of Copeland, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon, Beer. SL right hand batsmen are not that good against left arm spinners so beer can play. He looks a containing bowler so SSC will suit him, play him just because you dont want anybody to get injured. By the way I'm a Sri lankan but I want Aussie to do well in the Summer back home.

  • Dashgar on September 14, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Bring in Siddle, no point risking him, its a long summer ahead

  • jonesy2 on September 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    this actually makes me angry, just poor management. cricketers should NOT be getting hamstring strains! siddle needs to come in and do harris' job to the ability that harris was doing it. great chance for siddle, if he wants to wear the baggy green he needs to come and take wickets.

  • Meety on September 14, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    It was reported on Channell 9 that he wouldn't be playing. I think Pattinson will probably get a debut. Hopefully not another test for Beer!!!!

  • on September 14, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    PATTINSON WILL BE GOOD SIDDLE IS AGGRESSIVE NOT DELIVERED MOST

  • thewayitwass on September 14, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    MASSIVE blow to australias chances in this match, but please let us not revert to siddle! a trier indeed he is but he is a one dimensional workhorse, reward pattinson!

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  • thewayitwass on September 14, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    MASSIVE blow to australias chances in this match, but please let us not revert to siddle! a trier indeed he is but he is a one dimensional workhorse, reward pattinson!

  • on September 14, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    PATTINSON WILL BE GOOD SIDDLE IS AGGRESSIVE NOT DELIVERED MOST

  • Meety on September 14, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    It was reported on Channell 9 that he wouldn't be playing. I think Pattinson will probably get a debut. Hopefully not another test for Beer!!!!

  • jonesy2 on September 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    this actually makes me angry, just poor management. cricketers should NOT be getting hamstring strains! siddle needs to come in and do harris' job to the ability that harris was doing it. great chance for siddle, if he wants to wear the baggy green he needs to come and take wickets.

  • Dashgar on September 14, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Bring in Siddle, no point risking him, its a long summer ahead

  • kevinpp24 on September 14, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Even if he wasn't injured, i would say rest him. He's very injury prone and the SSC pitch is one of the flatest wickets in the world so no worth in playing him in SSC. I would say rest Harris and Johnson since a long summer is ahead and play 4 out of Copeland, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon, Beer. SL right hand batsmen are not that good against left arm spinners so beer can play. He looks a containing bowler so SSC will suit him, play him just because you dont want anybody to get injured. By the way I'm a Sri lankan but I want Aussie to do well in the Summer back home.

  • on September 14, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Give Pattinson a go ! Siddle is not the man for the track. Pattinson's also somebody they haven't faced before, the surprise factor may come into it.

  • HatsforBats on September 14, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Siddle or Pattinson, not concerned either way. I can't really see them replacing a quick to go in with 2 spinners. With the weather forecast for showers over the first 3 days and just about every day of each test so far losing time to light this game will surely be a draw (barring a pitch like Galle). 1-0 to Aus, they deserve better, but a win's a win.

  • smudgeon on September 14, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Harris is the new McDermott? Poor sod, he's so good when he's fit, but he's rarely long without an injury. Who to replace him? Jeez, if I had to pick between the two options above, I'd go with the uncapped Pattinson. Siddle's "bang 'em in hard" approach isn't going to cut it in SL, unless there's something in the pitch which is pretty unlikely. If Pattinson can bowl all day, and swing the ball, he might be the best option. I would have preferred to see Butterworth or Bollinger in the squad in lieu of Siddle, both are excellent bowlers with a wealth of experience and excellent recent form, but it's a little late now. Go with Pattinson, it's been a good tour so far for debutantes!

  • AidanFX on September 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Harris is too good to risk, One nil up; prob going to be a flat wicket with we weather a draw is on the card. Part of me wants Siddle to have a go and thinks he deserves it but lets unleash Pattison, SL players may struggle against his sought.