Melbourne: Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, has said fast bowler Ryan Harris has looked ready to play while bowling in the nets, though he is not sure if Harris is 100% fit. Harris, who missed the MCG Test, could be available for the New Year's Test in Sydney, which would give the selectors the option to play four quicks after the three fast bowlers who played the Boxing Day Test employed speed and swing to maul India.
Since recovering from a hip complaint that kept him out of the South Africa tour, Harris has played in the Twenty20 Big Bash League while also committing to a staunch fitness regimen in order to improve his ability to stay sound for five days of a Test. He bowled sturdily in the nets at the MCG during the first Test and will likely spend more time with the team in Sydney irrespective of whether or not he is named in the squad. Beyond Sydney is Perth's often fiery pitch, where Harris claimed nine wickets against England last summer.
"I've seen Ryan bowl in the nets over the last few days and he looks pretty good," Clarke said. "I don't know if he is 100% fit but from what I've seen in the nets he looks ready to go. That's probably one of the bonuses we've got at the moment: our attack is bowling really well, and we have guys like Ryan on the mend and not too far from being fully fit. I think it is a good problem to have."