The Ashes: Fit Ryan Harris will be preferred over Jackson Bird, says Michael Clarke

Ryan Harris took seven wickets in Australia's crushing 347-run second Test defeat at Lord's, including a first innings haul of five for 72, and four more at Old Trafford. Michael Clarke said Tests were too important for anyone to just be "given a go", referring to Jackson Bird.

updated: August 08, 2013 16:39 IST
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Chester-le-Street: Australia captain Michael Clarke was upbeat Thursday about Ryan Harris's prospects of featuring in the fourth Ashes Test starting Friday despite the paceman's poor fitness record.

Tasmania quick Jackson Bird was added to the Australia XI that delivered a much improved performance in the drawn third Test at Old Trafford when the tourists named a 12-man squad Wednesday for the Chester-le-Street Test.

With Australia 2-0 down with two to play, and so unable to regain the urn, there are those who argue now is the right time to give the twice-capped Bird his first taste of Ashes action.

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