Tuesday 28 November 2006 

'Harmison Will Find Form' - Cooley

Struggling England fast bowler Steve Harmison will return to form during the Ashes series, Australia pace bowling coach Troy Cooley said.

Cooley, who worked with Harmison when he held a similar position with the England team until this year, believes the lanky paceman will put his wayward bowling in the first test behind him.

"Like any bowler you don't want to see him going through that. You really want to see him firing," Cooley told reporters.

"I definitely felt for him. But I'm sure he'll be back."

Harmison bowled a huge wide with the first delivery of the series in Brisbane and never established any rhythm. He admitted in his British newspaper column that he froze under the pressure of the situation.

Cooley, however, has no concerns about Harmison's ability to make a huge contribution to England's bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the five-match series.

"He's getting up towards 200 test wickets. Three years ago he was No. 1 in the world," Cooley said.

"I'm sure once he gets one or two little things sorted he'll be back. I think he's as good at bouncing back as any other bowler." Cooley also defended Australia fast bowler Brett Lee who took only two wickets in the first test compared to seven each for fellow seamers Glenn McGrath and Stuart Clark.

"His figures were not as flattering as he'd have liked, but I thought he did a fantastic job," Cooley said.

"I thought he bowled some key spells in Brisbane," Cooley added. "I don't think he's very far off the mark now. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes out and has a great test match in Adelaide."

The second test in Adelaide starts on Friday.


© Reuters 2006.