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Harris recovering and ready to take on England in Ashes

DON'T dare mention the controversial rotation policy to tough Australian paceman Ryan Harris.

Harris injured his left Achilles while playing for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League last month.

But the 33-year-old is keen to bounce back by playing plenty of cricket on the Ashes tour of England, starting with the first of three Australia A games which gets underway on Friday.

"That's something (the rotation policy) the selectors will decide, but it's not on my mind at the moment," the Bulls spearhead said.

"I want to play in every Test, and half of the four Australia A games. Hopefully then I can get picked for the first Test.

"It takes me 15 minutes to warm up and walk around after getting out of bed, but the Achilles is improving and it's better than I first thought."

Harris said he had been excited to see England quicks Stuart Broad and James Anderson tear New Zealand apart in its second innings of the first Test in the two-match series at Lord's last month.

"I've been licking my lips watching the ball swinging both ways," Harris said.

"I think I'll really enjoy those sorts of conditions with the Duke ball."

Despite the Australians being humbled 4-0 in India in March's Border-Gavaskar series, Harris backed his team's strong pace attack to bounce back in England

"We've all been performing well. Peter Siddle has been leading the attack nicely and James Pattinson is world class," he said.

"(Mitchell) Starc has been unbelievable over the past 12 months and so too Jackson Bird ... then there's me.

"The team hasn't forgotten how badly it performed in India - we're still not happy about that and we want to rectify it."

Siddle, Pattinson and Bird have been named in the Australia A squad with Harris, while Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Faulkner will share the fast-bowling duties in the Champions Trophy tournament.

On the batting front, Harris, who has managed to play just 12 Tests for 47 wickets since 2010 due to shoulder and knee injuries, backed his Bulls teammate Usman Khawaja to score plenty of runs in England.

"It could be a make or break tour for him," Harris said.

"But he can do it - he's been waiting in the wings for an opportunity. He made over 1000 runs over playing county cricket last year, and he loves the conditions."


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