Harris pushes case for Sydney selection

Australia

Fast bowler Ryan Harris has anticipated retaining a berth in Australia's XI for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Fast bowler Ryan Harris has anticipated retaining a berth in Australia's XI for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Harris bowled two dozen overs in the first innings and just 10 in the second, as Australia welcomed a comfortable eight-wicket triumph – and resounding four-nil series lead – on day four of the penultimate Test in Melbourne on Sunday.

With the uncapped Nathan Coulter-Nile and left-armer Doug Bollinger on standby, the hosts will contemplate resting Harris and all-rounder Shane Watson, who hurt a groin muscle in Melbourne, in Sydney.

"We bowled beautifully as a group and to be able to do it time and time again is fantastic. I am still fresh, I didn't bowl much here. A couple of days off and I am looking forward to bowling in Sydney," said Harris.

The right-handed Watson struck the winning runs en route to a brisk 83 not out on Sunday. Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, was named Man of the Match on the back of figures of eight for 88.

"It was nice to be out there and get a few out of the middle. There were definitely a few nerves. It was a smallish total alright but we knew how good the English can be on their day," added Watson.

"Boxing Day Test, it doesn't get any better for an Australian cricketer. Just after Christmas, the support has been very good. I've been lucky to be around some wonderful staff."