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It would be nice to bowl to Sachin: Harris

In Paul Harris the South Africans now have a genuine spin option. Anand Vasu reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 24, 2008 01:47 IST
Anand Vasu

If you do a google search for Paul Harris, you'll find a popular blogger, a lawyer who started the Rotary Club and a tattoo artist. At the end of this three-Test series, which begins in hot and humid Chennai on March 26, you might also find a South African left-arm spinner.

Since their re-introduction to international cricket in 1991-92, South Africa have relied heavily on different varieties of pace - genuinely quick men like Allan Donald, canny seam operators like Fanie de Villiers or swing bowlers like Brian McMillan. Pat Symcox bowled his offbreaks with some durability and Paul Adams provided novelty with his left-arm unorthodox, but it in Harris the South Africans now have a genuine spin option.

While Harris, with accuracy and persistence being his principal strengths - and you should not rule out a restrictive role for him, bowling over the stumps into the rough - has tasted success in the 10 Tests he has played, including the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar at Cape Town a little over a year ago, it is this tour that could help him make a name for himself.
"It would be nice to bowl to Sachin. Any bowler's dream is to bowl to the best," said Harris. “It will take a lot of determination from my part to do well. I have my plans for different batsmen and have prepared well for this tour.

I'm looking forward to bowling too all of the Indian top order who are really good players. I've been waiting my whole career to play a series in India—probably the best place for a spinner to come and test his skills.”