Harmy: I'm better than ever

Paceman adapting well to Twenty20 pressure

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 30/10/08 3:40pm

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Harmison: A 'better person'

Harmison: A 'better person'

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Steve Harmison has told skysports.com that he is in the form of his life ahead of England's clash against the Stanford Superstars.

WATCH the winner-takes-all Twenty20 clash between England and Stanford Superstars, Saturday live on Sky Sports 1 from 8.30pm

"I've got better as a cricketer, better as an individual and better as a bowler."
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The Durham paceman is expected to take his place in the starting XI when England play for $20million on Sky Sports 1 on Saturday.

Kevin Pietersen's men have warmed up for the one-off spectacle with unconvincing wins over English domestic Twenty20 winners Middlesex and Trinidad & Tobago.

The one-run triumph over T&T saw Harmison experience his first taste of Twenty20 pressure as he kept his nerve with their islanders needing three runs to win off the final delivery of the match.

Speaking to Sky Sports News about his first game of the series, Harmison reflected: "It was a different experience.

"There are not many times I've bowled the last over in one day cricket for Durham or England. But it was very enjoyable and good practice.

"The last thing you want in a warm-up game is a walkover or an easy game - you want to be tested, you want to be put under pressure and we were put under pressure the other night.

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"Trinidad played well and the one thing that came out of it was how we held our nerve and got the win."

After being axed from the national side during England's Test tour of New Zealand earlier in the year, Harmison has had to battle hard to win back his place in the team.

However, an inspired season with his county combined with an impressive England return against South Africa, has ensured Harmison has fully justified his place in Antigua.

"I feel as though I'm a different bowler this year," he said. "I've got better as a cricketer, better as an individual and better as a bowler.

"Being left out of England has done me a lot of good. I've gone away and I've come back a lot stronger, and I feel I'm bowling as well as I have bowled at any time in my career.

"And touch wood that will carry on to India and carry on for the rest of the winter.

"I feel as though things are going on the up and up for me so long may that continue."

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