Harris vows 'all guns blazing'

2013-12-02 12:01
Ryan Harris (AFP)

Adelaide - Australian paceman Ryan Harris vowed on Monday to go into the second Test against England with "all guns blazing", rather than holding back to get through the game unscathed.

Coach Darren Lehmann has made it clear that Australia's controversial bowler rotation policy, designed to guard against them breaking down from too much cricket, is over -- which means Harris will not be rested.

Harris dismissed speculation he may bowl in shorter spells to preserve his injury-prone body.

"I'll be all guns blazing here," the 34-year-old told reporters before the Test starting on Thursday.

"I'm not going to miss a Test unless I really have to. I've said that from the start, I'm here to play five.

"I had the turnaround in England and I got through it okay. The wickets here are a little harder, that's probably the only difference.

"If I was only going in bowling 30, 35 overs I wouldn't play because you can't have that," he added.

"You can't have one bloke going half-hearted because it puts pressure on your two or three other bowlers. So I'm going in as if I'm bowling 50 overs, it doesn't really matter how many I bowl."

Australia won the first Test in Brisbane by a massive 381 runs. With England's veteran number three Jonathan Trott back in England with a stress-related problem, their batsmen have plenty to prove in Adelaide.

Harris wants to see Ian Bell promoted up the order into the pivotal first-drop role, instead of Joe Root.

"It's a great loss with Trotty not there, it's going to be interesting to see who they put in there," Harris said.

"Hopefully it's Bell, because we get an earlier chance to get him out, that is what I'm thinking.

"I want to get him in there early. He did very well in that last series and he came in at times when they were under the pump and made big scores.

"It (number three) obviously gives him more time to get in, but it also gives us more time to have a crack at him."

England's batting coach Graham Gooch said Bell, who batted number five in the Ashes opener in Brisbane, and Root, who batted six, were candidates for three.

"Both of them could do it but we'll decide what is best," he said.

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