Harris Attack

11 02 2010

Bearing in mind Paul Harris’ recent change in bowling styles from an even slower version of his namesake Chris Harris to test class left arm spinner, we think that India preparing a raging turner could severely backfire on them.*

Despite the protestations of the curator (that’s a groundsman to anyone in the UK) that he is not under pressure to create a turning wicket, we know he is almost certainly lying. If we were the BCCI and worried about hanging on to our number 1 test status, that is exactly what we would do.

The problem for India comes with their under performing spinners and the fact that Paul Harris is the form slow bowler in either side. Harbhajan Singh currently has the wicket taking ability of Peter Such and Amit Mishra appears to be a poor man’s Ian Salisbury (and that is very poor indeed) whilst Harris has metamorphosed into Bishen Bedi.

Okay, perhaps we are seriously over egging the pudding, but on the last test’s evidence the Indian batsmen should be worried. A sledge delivered by Harris to Andrew Symonds in 2008 sums up Harris for us and makes his wickets in the last test all the more remarkable. “How s**t must you be if I got you out twice” he asked upon dismissing Symonds for he second time in the game. It is rare that an international cricketer will admit to being hopeless but this is essentially what Harris is doing here. We wonder whether he gave Tendulkar some of this too?

With selection issues likely to be resolved we believe that India will fight more this time round, although we are still backing the Proteas to clean up the series 2-0. We are also backing Graeme Smith to score a hundred (probably in the second innings) as he always scores runs when South Africa need them most.

*We don’t really think that Harris will be crucial and fully expect him to play second fiddle to Steyn, Morkel and Parnell.

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