an interview with CricInfo, Steve Harmison has admitted his surprise
at his call-up to England's one-day squad for the VB series against
Australia and Sri Lanka, but hopes the experience will be another
step towards establishing himself as England's premier strike bowler
over the next few years.
was a bit of a surprise getting into the one-day squad, but with
all the injuries I thought I might have an outside chance,"
Harmison said today. "I've been quite pleased with my form
over the past couple of weeks in the two Tests and hopefully I can
take that into the one-day game.
in the one-dayers will be a help to my game. It's international
cricket and the more international cricket you play the better you
become. It's a new level for me to go into and hopefully I can take
what I learn here into the final two Test matches."
may be seen as a force in the middle of the innings, providing extra
pace when the ball has gone softer, as Brett Lee does for Australia.
you look at last summer and also in Sri Lanka we didn't take enough
wickets," said chairman of selectors David Graveney. "Going
in with only four main bowlers can cause a problem and India have
just experienced that against West Indies.
one-day cricket, with just one bouncer an over allowed, it's hard
to keep scores down and we just feel we need to have more depth
in our bowling."
added: "I bowl mainly at the start and in the middle period
for Durham in one-day cricket and it's mainly a containing job for
Durham, but in international one-day cricket, if I'm bowling all
in the middle, England will be looking to take wickets - that will
be my job, to try and take a couple of wickets in that 15 to 40
selection follows a wholehearted recommendation from Australia's
Dennis Lillee, who rates both him and Jones, who suffered cruciate
ligament damage to his right knee during the opening Test in Brisbane.
something there with Harmison," stressed Lillee. "He's
very much worth persevering with because he's got something and
particularly when you're that tall, if you put it in the right area
you've got some chance."
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