Harris predicts ball-dominated Ashes

07 November 2017 11:20:34 EST
Ryan Harris

Former Australian bowler Ryan Harris says that his country's bowling attack is potentially better than the one that destroyed England in the 2013-14 series.

Harris was part of the team that beat England 5-0 the last time the Ashes series was held in Australia.

The bowling line-ups are world class, and I think they're going to have a big say on each Test match.

Ryan Harris

Harris has retired since then, as has Mitchell Johnson, but Mitchell Starc took two hat-tricks in a recent Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales and Harris says the bowling attack as a whole is probably better than back in 2013-14.

He told Australian media: "(Josh) Hazlewood's probably doing the job that I did, and he's quicker than me and gets more bounce.

"You've got Starc, who can definitely do a Johnson role, and you've got (Pat) Cummins - so you've probably got an extra bit of pace."

Harris, who will coach a Cricket Australia XI that takes on England over four days in Adelaide, says that that England's seam attack is their main weapon too in a series he expects to be dominated by ball over bat.

"The bowling line-ups are world class, and I think they're going to have a big say on each Test match," he added.

"I think both squads are a bit unsettled more on their batting line-ups - which I think brings them closer together."

Harris believes that the probable absence of Ben Stokes gives Australia an added advantage.

England play a Cricket Australia XI again in Townsville in their final warm-up game before the first Test which takes place in Brisbane on 23rd November.

Meanwhile, Steven Finn has left the England party with a torn cartilage and has been replaced in the squad by uncapped Tom Curran, the Surrey all-rounder.

England are 11/4 to win the first Test with Australia 8/11 while a drawn Test is 15/4.

Mitchell Starc is 11/8 to be Australia's top bowler in the series.

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