Harmy to face tourists
Paceman eyeing Lord's final
By Ben Sullivan. Last Updated: 07/08/07 6:18pm
Harmison: three weeks out
England fast bowler Steve Harmison will return to action against Sri Lanka A on Wednesday, just three weeks after a hernia operation.
"He's desperate to play in the final"
Geoff Cook Quotes of the week
Harmison will captain his side in a three-day match at Chester-le-Street and is already eyeing an appearance in the Friends Provident Trophy final on August 18.
"He's desperate to play in the final and it has given him a big incentive to get fit," said Durham coach Geoff Cook.
"He has worked very diligently to the programme prepared for him by the medical people.
"The surgery wasn't too invasive, but he has done really well to get back so quickly.
"He will bowl a bit against Sri Lanka and hopefully get some serious overs in against Surrey (next week)."
Durham face Hampshire at Lord's and Cook added: "Hopefully Paul Collingwood will come safely through this week's Test match and Steve will prove his fitness.
"The biggest decision will be over the last batsman, with Gordon Muchall, Kyle Coetzer, Will Smith, Ben Harmison and Garry Park battling for a place."
Cook, who has been with Durham since the year before they joined the first-class game in 1992, is relishing the prospect of the county's first Lord's final.
"It's wonderful for those people who put in so much hard work in the early years," he added.
"People don't realise the passion they had for this project and the unselfish work they did. I'm as pleased for them as for the players."