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Ryan Harris ready to play full Ashes series

Australia's Ryan Harris (left) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Kent's Sam Billings during the warm-up game in Canterbury.
Australia's Ryan Harris (left) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Kent's Sam Billings during the warm-up game in Canterbury.
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Australian pacer, Ryan Harris, who recently made a return from injury, has declared his intentions to feature in all the five Ashes Tests in England.

Having played his previous Test for Australia back during the home series against India, Harris is eager to gain match fitness as he seeks to be available for the full Ashes campaign.

Harris is aware of the competition for slots among the pacers that has heated up during his absence from the bowling line-up.

“I'm here to play five Tests,” he said today.

“I want to play as much as I can, but the disadvantage of that is I missed a tour (to the West Indies earlier this month).

“It was for a good reason, for my wife having a baby, but it gives my spot away and the guys performed beautifully.

“So I'm just here to try to get some rhythm, take some wickets and make it hard for Rod and Darren to pick a bowling group for that first Test.”

Harris had an ordinary outing on his return to competitive cricket claiming two wickets apiece in each innings of the warm-up game against Kent in Canterbury.

Reflecting on his performance during the match, Harris opined that he was too eager to take wickets, which in turn affected his consistency that has always been a hallmark of his bowling.

“I probably just tried a little bit too hard yesterday, probably adrenaline from my first game for a while and searching for some wickets, which I don't usually do.”

A fantastic series in the Caribbean for Josh Hazlewood coupled with Mitchell Starc’s tremendous One-Day International form has caused a problem of plenty for the Australian selectors.

With Mitchell Johnson having been the trump-card during the previous Ashes series, one of the four bowlers is likely to miss out unless Australia decide to go for all pace attack.

Harris’ struggles during the four-day tour game against Kent in Canterbury leaves him with a possibility of missing the first Test.

The veteran pacer is well aware of this situation, but chose to look at the scenario in a philosophical manner.

“If I'm not in that first Test side, it means someone else is bowling better and hopefully we're winning Test matches.

“And if I sit on the side for all five Tests and we win the Ashes, that's the way it's got to be.

“As long as we win … (but) I hope that (being cast as a spectator) is not the case.”

Although Harris’ track record for Australia is good enough to guarantee him an automatic spot in the side, the 35-year-old knows that it does not work that way with his national team’s selectors. 

Harris knows that the selection committee of the Australian team has always valued current form over past glory.

“It's immediate performance,” he said

“You never have credits, that's the way I look at it anyway.

“I wish you did, but you don't.”

Despite so much uncertainty over his place in the side, Harris seemed pleased with the depth of the Australian attack.

“Where we are at the moment is what should happen in the Australian team.

“Everyone should be fighting for those spots.”

Australia are slated to play another warm-up game which will be against Essex before Michael Clarke's men head to Cardiff for the first Ashes Test.

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