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Please don't drop me, Harris to Oz team management

Australian pacer Ryan Harris has pleaded with the team management to retain him for the fourth and final cricket Test against India amid speculation that one fast bowler will be dropped to make space for off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2012 21:49 IST
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Australian pacer Ryan Harris has pleaded with the team management to retain him for the fourth and final cricket Test against India amid speculation that one fast bowler will be dropped to make space for off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

With pace spearhead Peter Siddle refusing to take a break, the choice is between Harris and Mitchell Starc. Harris has just returned to international cricket after four months on the sidelines due to injury problems.

"Sidds wants to play. We are pretty keen to win the series 4-0," Harris said.

"It is probably out of me and Starcy to miss out of the bowling group. It is very competitive these days," was quoted as saying by 'Fox Sports'.

Harris has appeared in only four Tests in five months because of hamstring and hip injuries.

"My argument if they want to rest me is that I have had three or four months off. I struggle with stop-starts. Once I am up and going, I have to make sure I do keep going," he explained.

"I want to get that real strong feeling at the crease going in Adelaide and the only way I am going to do that is keep bowling and bowling."