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Harmison may play despite hernia

Steve Harmison is planning to delay a hernia surgery to keep himself available for the three matches.

cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2007 15:07 IST

Desperate to play in the upcoming cricket Test series against India, England pacer Steve Harmison is planning to delay a hernia surgery to keep himself available for the three matches.

The pacer, struggling with both injuries and his poor form, said he would delay the surgery until the end of the Test series against Rahul Dravid's men next month if he does not encounter too many problems while bowling in the upcoming county matches.

Harmison, who bid adieu to his ODI career earlier this year after England's Ashes humiliation, said he would take a final decision on the matter next week.

"I felt something go in my back in the warm up and it got stiffer and stiffer, although I felt alright to play. I then found a lump in my groin area and it was diagnosed as a hernia," he was quoted as saying in 'The Mirror'.

"Ideally I don't want to miss any Test matches, but I want to be bowling at 90 miles an hour not 80. So if I am bowling quickly in the next week or so then I'll go as far as the end of the India series," he added.

The lanky bowler said the delay in surgery can go as far as the end of English summer, if he does not encounter any major trouble with his speed.

"We will see how it goes over the next few days. If we can get through to the end of the summer that would be great. I am happy with the way I bowled in this match," he said.

India will play three Test matches against England starting July 19.