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Harmison - Snub for youngsters

Paceman says he's "not sure" shock selection deserves cap

Harmison: Snub

Steve Harmison has suggested the selection of Darren Pattinson for the second Test against South Africa shows a lack of faith in England's young bowling prospects.

The Durham paceman was one of a number of fringe players who were overlooked as England selectors instead took a chance on Nottinghamshire's inexperienced 29-year-old as cover for Ryan Sidebottom at Headingley.

Chris Tremlett, Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones were in contention, with Harmison also feeling a youngster could have been handed a chance.

Harmison told Sky Sports News: "The amount of money the ECB have pushed into young bowlers, taking them to Chennai and the Academy - are we saying the young bowlers aren't good enough?

"I haven't seen him [Pattinson] bowl - I was asleep when we played them. But good luck to him, he has taken his chance.

"If he deserves it I'm not sure, but good luck to him."

Having played only 11 first-class matches in his career, the Grimsby-born, but Australian-raised, Pattinson has risen to prominence this season, having taken 29 wickets for Notts.

His performances have also been rewarded with a place in the 30-man provisional squad for this autumn's ICC Champions Trophy.

Backing for Collingwood

With Andrew Flintoff also returning to Test action in Leeds, out-of-form Paul Collingwood was also left out for the second Test.

But Harmison has backed his Durham team-mate to bounce back.

He added: "The best thing for Colly now is to come down here and score some runs, that's the best way to answer somebody.

"If he scores some runs he is back in the spotlight and the next man back in if the batters are struggling for form."