Harris: I’m not ready for the Brisbane Test


Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris doesn't think he's ready for the first Test against India in Brisbane, starting on 4 December, and would rather wait for the second match before making a comeback.

Harris has been out of action since March, when he underwent knee surgery, and only recently returned to domestic action. While he took seven wickets and scored a fifty for Queensland, he feels the 'Gabba is a bit too soon.

Harris said when asked if he was ready to face India in two weeks: "Probably not yet. I probably need another game, a few more overs, I reckon. I am getting better the more I bowl.

"I would like to be in the squad and get a chance. But I am pretty honest with Boof (Australian coach Darren Lehmann) and the selectors.

"If the body doesn't feel right, then I will tell them because I am not going into a Test match at 70 per cent because you can't afford to do that."

While he didn't think he was ready for the 'Gabba, he did feel he needed another Shield game in order to be considered for the rest of the series: "I am not putting enough in the right spot consistently.

"I would like another chance to do that, rather than spray them around like I did here (against NSW).

"It's something you try and find in net sessions but you are not going to get that intensity, so I would be silly not to play another game if it is there."

The second Test starts on 12 December in Adelaide.