Bowler who has been distinctly average for four years takes six wickets in two innings in a warm-up game and people want a recall? It's not like he's even bowling anywhere near his best.
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We've been here again and again with Harmison. He has never, ever been a Test-quality bowler. To expect that to change at the age of 30 is to ask one hell of a lot. Nothing is impossible. But that would be one of the longer shots in history.
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He hasn't made an irrefutable case for his selection, but he has bowled the best spell or rather best spells he's bowled since Adam was in short trousers. Quick, hostile, swung it and very few gimmes.
I thought we'd drawn a line under his test career, but could be a handy man to have up our collective sleeve even if he doesn't make the XI for Cardiff.
People have lived for a long, long, long, long time hoping for Harmison to be something he isn't and never has been. Yes, he bowled damn decently this game, far better than normal, but he has done this occasionally before. He can never, ever make it long-term. It has damaged England's prospects so badly to be constantly hankering for Harmison to be something so many wrongly believe he can be.
Last edited by Richard; 03-07-2009 at 02:57 PM.
Come on Richard, you have to admit that he was Test class in 2004.
With Flintoff, Anderson, Broad and Swann I think we can afford to take a flyer on a bloke who has won matches in the past and looks like he might just be in the mood/form to do it again
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