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Harris eyes Ashes call

UPDATED 20 June, 2013 4:38PM AEST | by Jonathan Healy 4

Experienced paceman Ryan Harris is keen to make an impression during his return to competitive cricket when he lines up for Australia A against Gloucestershire in a tour match starting in Bristol on Friday.

Harris hasn't played Test cricket for Australia since April 2012, but will get the chance to stake his claim for the upcoming Ashes series when he lines up for Australia A in the three-day game in the south west of England.

The veteran 33-year-old had to leave the recent IPL tournament early with an Achilles problem, but has been working hard in the nets ahead of his comeback on Friday.

"Coming off that Achilles problem leaving India wasn't ideal, but the Achilles reacted really well to treatment," Harris said.

"Coming over here and being able to bowl lots and lots of balls has been great, but I have had enough of that and I am ready to play games.

"I am looking forward to it and hopefully bowling 20 or 30 overs will be nice."

And Harris is hoping a good performance in Bristol will lead to him being selected for the first Test against England next month.

"I'm here to play five (Tests). Whether or not I can do that I don't know," he said.

"But I'm not coming over here to play two or three. You come here to play every game.

"I'll assess after each Test if and when I play.

Australia will play England in five Tests away from home in the next two months, before another series between the two fierce rivals during the Australian summer later in the year.

Many pundits - including former England captain Michael Vaughan - are predicting the Australians to be thrashed in both series, but Harris said his team-mates were not worried about those statements.

"I see Michael Vaughan on my twitter feed and I just laugh at him," Harris said.

"We are not worried about that kind of stuff.

"If we get beat 10-0 we won't have played any good cricket.

"We are here to play good cricket and if we play our best cricket we will win."

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

First Posted 20 June, 2013 1:03PM AEST

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