Harris anticipates Bell to bat at three

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Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is hopeful England deploy batsman Ian Bell at three in the order during the second Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is hopeful England deploy batsman Ian Bell at three in the order during the second Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

The talented Jonathan Trott has left the tour due to a stress-related illness, leaving the tourists in need of an appropriate replacement in the XI.

While all-rounders Tim Bresnan and Ben Stokes, the left-handed Gary Ballance and the inexperienced Jonny Bairstow are jostling for position in the team, Bell or fellow right-hander Joe Root are likely to arrive at the crease at first-drop.

"It's a great loss with Trott not there, it's going to be interesting to see who they put in there," said Harris. "Hopefully it's Bell, because we get an earlier chance to get him out, that is what I'm thinking.

"I want to get him in there early. He did very well in that last series and he came in at times when they were under the pump and made big scores. It, number three, obviously gives him more time to get in, but it also gives us more time to have a crack at him."

Right-armer Harris, meanwhile, is expected to retain a berth in the XI despite suggestion Australia rotate the seam attack. Coach Darren Lehmann, however, has suggested Harris, left-armer Mitchell Johnson and the in-form Peter Siddle will remain.

"I'll be all guns blazing here. I'm not going to miss a Test unless I really have to. I've said that from the start, I'm here to play five," added Harris.

"I had the turnaround in England and I got through it okay. The wickets here are a little harder, that's probably the only difference. If I was only going in bowling 30, 35 overs I wouldn't play because you can't have that.

"You can't have one bloke going halfhearted because it puts pressure on your two or three other bowlers. So I'm going in as if I'm bowling 50 overs, it doesn't really matter how many I bowl."

Right-armer Bresnan, who took 10 wickets in three matches against the same opposition at Chester-le-Street in Durham, Lord's in London and Old Trafford in Manchester earlier this year, is likely to replace the tall Chris Tremlett in the playing XI.

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