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"I would never knock the decision I made to come out five days late," Harmison said in an interview with Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports ahead of the fourth day of the Test. "You always want to be there for the birth of your child." He did, however admit that "my preparation for this Test match could have gone a little bit better".
But what was clear is that Harmison himself was unclear as to his priorities. "I want to play Test cricket. I love playing cricket ... it's my job. I'll try my nuts off every time. But I want to enjoy my family life as well. That's the most important thing in my life. To spend nearly 10 or 11 months away from my family just doesn't work.
"I want to do both, but to see my kids is a big thing to me. I love my family and I want to spend a lot of time with them."
With regards to the Hamilton Test, Harmison admitted that he was unaware that he was bowling in the high 70s until he spoke to England's support staff. "I felt a bit under pressure to take wickets for the side and perhaps I was striving too hard," he said. "I kept trying to bowl the million-dollar ball, and that was always the one that disappeared through midwicket or extra cover."
England's overseas woes
Since the Ashes triumph in 2005 England have done dismally overseas, with both their batsmen and their bowlers underperforming significantly
Vaughan faces his toughest battle
England's 189-run defeat in Hamilton leaves them at their lowest point of Michael Vaughan's captaincy and there are precious few signs that they are capable of turning their form around
Rampant New Zealand crush negative England
New Zealand completed an utterly comprehensive 189-run win in Hamilton with a session to spare to go one-up in this three-Test series.