Bridgetown, Barbados: Named the Man of the Match in a Test he did not think he would play in, Ryan Harris is now intent on keeping his spot for as long as his problematic body will allow. Harris arrived in the West Indies adamant that James Pattinson was ahead of him in the fast bowling queue, but the selectors' decision to choose the older man was endorsed handsomely by his efforts in Bridgetown.
Harris took two wickets in the first innings and three in the second, none more important than the swift dismissal of Shivnarine Chanderpaul by a delivery angling in from round the wicket, then moving away just enough to take the edge. These spells bookended Harris' highest score in Tests, a committed 68 not out that allowed Michael Clarke the luxury of making a timely declaration on the fourth afternoon to set-up Australia's eventual victory.
If any member of the Australian attack is likely to be rested or used carefully due to a variety of physical ailments it is Harris, but he is adamant about staying in the XI for the remainder of this series and those beyond. "I've got a perfect fitness base now," Harris said. "I've played four games back in Australia, bowled plenty of overs and got through about another 35, 36 here. Touch wood, I could fall over tomorrow and do something. I feel as if I'm going really well, feel strong and I want to be a part of this team and squad for as long as I can.