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Harris thrilled with win

UPDATED 31 July, 2014 9:40AM AEST | by Robert Somers, Omnisport 3

Ryan Harris is still 'pinching himself' after his sizzling final over helped Queensland steal Wednesday's enthralling Ryobi Cup final against Victoria.

The veteran spearhead grabbed four wickets, including two on the last two deliveries, to guide the Bulls to a two-run win over Victoria in the rain-shortened day/nighter at the MCG.

The Bushrangers only needed five runs in the last over to win, but the former Test paceman removed likely match-winner Clint McKay and number 11 Fawad Ahmed to seal the triumph.

"I don't know how we stole that but we did. We're just very happy," Harris said.

"I just ran in and bowled and got those two good balls out that McKay nicked and then the last one.

"I was trying to do that all night.

"Something clicked and they came through all right."

The win means Queensland teams currently hold all three domestic titles – the Sheffield Shield, one-day crown and Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

Harris credits coach Darren Lehmann for that success.

"The way Darren played was just really full of enjoyment. He loves the game, he loves coaching, he loves teaching the young guys. The main thing we do is just enjoy what we do," he said.

"We don't enjoy losing, obviously, but even when we train he just wants us to have a smile on our face ... and that's exactly how he played.

"Everyone has got a lot of respect for him because of what he did. He gives every individual as much confidence as they need and puts a lot of time into them."

Harris only returned to interstate cricket earlier this month after battling serious hip and ankle injuries for the past 12 months.

"It's a great feeling to be able to come back into this team and be back playing," Harris said.

"I've had enough frustration sitting watching them. I've never played a Ryobi Cup final before. To be back playing with these guys is fantastic."

The 33-year-old's successful comeback has stirred talk of Ashes selection.

"For me it's probably more about just getting back bowling. The guys who are there at the moment are doing a bloody good job so ... I don't expect to walk back in," Harris said.

"I've got to make sure I'm consistently bowling well ... if I bowl well enough and they need me they'll pick me."

Meanwhile, magnanimous losing captain Cameron White said Harris had proven since making a return from long-term injury this month that his international career wasn't finished.

"It's great for Ryan, great for Queensland, it's great for Australian cricket to see him back on the park, because he's worked hard and he's a bloody good fella as well," White said.

"If he's fit and up and running, he's lethal, isn't he?

"Especially his white-ball record for Australia, it's bloody outstanding.

"I stood there in the West Indies (or Pakistan) series there last year ... at second slip and I must have taken eight or 10 catches from the first two overs, unbelievable bowling.

"Gee, it looked fast at times there today. So that's encouraging for Australian cricket."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 28 February, 2013 1:05PM AEST

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