Harmison dying for a comeback in last 2 Ashes Test
England pacer Stephen Harmison insists he has an "unfinished business" against Australia and is desperate to return to the side for the last two Ashes Tests.cricket Updated: Aug 03, 2009 17:37 IST
England pacer Stephen Harmison insists he has an "unfinished business" against Australia and is desperate to return to the side for the last two Ashes Tests.
Amid reports that Andrew Flintoff, nursing an injured knee, might not survive the riguour of back-to-back Tests and Stuart Broad too is likely to be rested, Harmison announced his availability for the last two Ashes Test at Headingley and The Oval.
"I'm desperate to play against Australia. You can't overestimate how desperate," the Durham pacer was quoted as saying by the 'Mail on Sunday'.
"I'd have given everything to have played at Lord's, to be playing now in Birmingham and to play in Leeds. I'm champing at the bit again and the way I'm bowling at the minute, I'd be a handful against any opposition," asserted the lanky right-arm pacer.
Harmison cut a sorry figure in the 2006-07 Ashes when his first delivery headed straight to the second slip but the pacer seemed determined to salvage his honour.
"I love playing for England and I do have unfinished business with Australia. I'll never forget winning in 2005 but I don't want my last Ashes memory to be of 2006-07, neither for that first ball, nor the whole experience of losing 5-0.
"It took us 20 years to win the Ashes back in 2005 - and just 18 months to lose them. I'd like to think I could be part of winning them back," the 31-year-old pacer added.