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Ashes: Ryan Harris hopes England put Ian Bell in at number three

Ryan Harris says he hopes Ian Bell is chosen to bat at number three so he can bowl him out earlier.

Ryan Harris: Wants Ian Bell to bat at No 3

Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is hoping England select Ian Bell in at No 3 in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide on Thursday.

Jonathan Trott has returned to England with a stress-related illness, leaving a vacancy at No 3 in Adelaide.

England's batting coach Graham Gooch admitted it was a straight choice between Bell and Joe Root to move up the order.

And Harris says he is hoping England go with Bell, who was England's top scorer in the summer series, so that Australia can try and dismiss the Warwickshire star as early as possible.

"It's a great loss with Trotty not there, it's going to be interesting to see who they put in there," Harris said.


"Hopefully it's Bell, because we get an earlier chance to get him out, that is what I'm thinking.

"I want to get him in there early. He did very well in that last series and he came in at times when they were under the pump and made big scores.

"It (number three) obviously gives him more time to get in, but it also gives us more time to have a crack at him."

The Adelaide pitch is expected to be a batsman's paradise. A drop-in pitch will be used and it is unlikely to deteriorate much at all over the five days.

In recent years Australia have rotated their fast bowlers through a series to keep them all fresh. Coach Darren Lehmann has made it clear those days are over and the Aussies are expected to name an unchanged team this week.

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That means no rest for injury-prone Harris, and he insists he does not want to miss the Test, even if he is expecting a long five days for all the bowlers.


"He has not mentioned one word about me resting - which is good. I'll be all guns blazing here," the 34-year-old said. "I'm not going to miss a Test unless I really have to. I've said that from the start, I'm here to play five.

"I had the turnaround in England and I got through it okay. The wickets here are a little harder, that's probably the only difference.

"If I was only going in bowling 30, 35 overs I wouldn't play because you can't have that.

"You can't have one bloke going half-hearted because it puts pressure on your two or three other bowlers. So I'm going in as if I'm bowling 50 overs, it doesn't really matter how many I bowl."

Watch the second Ashes Test between Australia and England from Adelaide - coverage starts on Wednesday at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 HD

Who should replace Jonathan Trott at first-drop in the England Test order?

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