England need Harmison in Lord's Test: Gillespie

Updated: 13 July 2009 10:25 IST

England erred by omitting Steve Harmison from the first Ashes Test and they should make amends by bringing him back in the second Test at Lord's, said Jaso

England need Harmison in Lord's Test: Gillespie
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Melbourne:

England erred by omitting Steve Harmison from the first Ashes Test and they should make amends by bringing him back in the second Test at Lord's, said Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie.

According to him, England should unleash Harmison and his "unnerving bounce" at Lord's, something the Australian batsmen did not have to face in the first Test in Cardiff.

"His recent (Test) record hasn't been brilliant but if he is fit and firing he has to come into contention. I know the Aussie boys respect him as a bowler and Lord's will suit his style of bowling," Gillespie said.

"It's just that unnerving bounce. Even when he does pitch it up, as a batter you're not quite sure whether it's there to drive or press forward to because he's so tall and he gets that bounce. It tends to carry through nicely at Lord's," he was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"There is no doubt the Australian camp was reasonably happy that Harmison wasn't included in the squad [for Cardiff]. They know he can be a big-match player and they would have been relieved he wasn't playing," Gillespie added.

Harmison also looks primed for a comeback after his five-wicket haul for Durham against Yorkshire.

Topics : Cricket England Australia West Indies
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