Harris ponders lack of pacey home pitches


Australia veteran fast bowler Ryan Harris has been 'frustrated' by the seemingly slower pitches in the current series against India, and wonders where the green tops they had against England have gone.

Harris was not the first paceman to wonder about the lack of pace in this series, with Mitchell Johnson also lamenting the slower tracks. Not that it's stopped the Aussies though, as they've already won the series after three matches.

Harris said: "I don't think the wickets have been as fast and bouncy. Obviously we've got results in two of the Test matches. But again as a bowling group we're always going to say we want a bit more bounce and grass. That goes without saying.

"And that's what we had last year and that's where he (Johnson) excelled. Going on last year [Johnson] was able to do that because (of) obviously what Sidds and I were doing but also the pace in the wickets. But not having that there is probably a little bit frustrating.

"In saying that we've had two results and nearly got a result in Melbourne. It's hard to fully criticise the wickets but I must admit it's been a lot harder than it was last year.

"Test cricket's always going to be hard – I'm not saying we should get ridiculous bouncy wickets. But we go to India and get absolute shockers over there so it'd be nice to get some green tops over here."

Harris was also disappointed that Peter Siddle had not been picked for the second and third matches, given their record together, but was impressed with the way young Josh Hazlewood has adapted to Test cricket.

'Ryno' added: "I think our attack's great. We'd obviously like to have Sidds in there because we've had success but that's the selectors' choice.

"Josh Hazlewood's done a really good job. He's taken a five-for on debut. I actually thought towards the end of the game in Melbourne he was coming in and bowling good pace.

"I wish I had his height. I'd love to have a little bit more height. Because that ball at the end was soft, it was doing nothing but a couple of his balls were bouncing through.

"Josh, the little bit I've seen of him in Shield cricket, he's good at doing that [bowling long spells] anyway. I think the experience of Sidds, we may have missed that a little bit. But the way Josh has come in and bowled and played I think has been just as good.

"I had a chat to Steven Smith about that in Brisbane and he said that Joshy needs to bowl longer spells, that's how he gets into his spells and gives him a chance to get the feeling."