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Harmy retains England dream

Fast bowler would 'jump through hoops' if given another chance

Harmison: focused on Durham

Harmison: focused on Durham

Durham paceman Steve Harmison has not given up hope of earning an England recall.

"If Geoff Miller rings me and says 'you've been selected for England', I'd jump through hoops."

Steve Harmison

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Harmison, 31, played the most recent of his 63 Tests in last summer's Ashes finale at the Oval.

He has since been overlooked for the tours of South Africa and Bangladesh and is concentrating on performing well for Durham next season to put his name back in the frame.

"I'd love to play for England again," said Harmison, who was taking part in a coaching clinic for schoolchildren as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

"But England are in Bangladesh and have six months of tough cricket coming up - so have Durham.

"If (national selector) Geoff Miller rings me and says 'you've been selected for England', I'd jump through hoops."

Imports

England's selectors have come under fire in recent times for their reliance on foreign imports.

The 16-man squad for the one-dayers in Bangladesh contains five players born abroad - South African quartet Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott, along with Irishman Eoin Morgan.

Harmison, however, dismissed concerns about the make-up of the England side.

"It is what they do on the field and what they inspire (others) to do (that is important)," Harmison added.

"For me, Kevin Pietersen's the biggest example - he's the best player we've got.

"If I had kids wanting to play cricket like Kevin Pietersen (then) I'd not really give a damn if he's English, Irish or South African - it doesn't really matter."