Positive spin from Harris

Proteas spinner insists thumb injury is not bothering his bowling

Last Updated: 17/12/08 5:40pm

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Harris: Two wickets on day one

Harris: Two wickets on day one

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Paul Harris was pleased to pick up two wickets on his first Test outing in Australia, as South Africa made a solid start to the series in Perth.

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"It's a good wicket - if we apply ourselves and try and get 450-500 it will give us a good lead, then you never know what could happen in the second innings"
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The left-arm spinner dismissed Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds after both batsmen had managed half-centuries for the hosts.

Australia finished day one at the WACA on 341-9, though their situation could have been a lot worse after they slipped to 15-3 in the morning session.

Although they fought back thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 149, Harris - whose tactic of bowling over the wicket led to him picking up his wickets - feels the Proteas are in a good position in the first Test.

Decent day

"I think it was a decent day," he said. "It would have been nice to pick up one or two more sticks, but I'll take that for my first outing in Australia.

"The plan was to try and keep it as tight as possible. That's why I tried a different angle in coming over the wicket, and it worked.

"I think around the wicket it was sliding into the pads with the breeze, making it a touch easier for them. I asked (skipper) Graeme (Smith) what he thought about coming over and he said 'give it a go'."

On the match situation, Harris added: "It's a good wicket - if we apply ourselves and try and get 450-500 it will give us a good lead, then you never know what could happen in the second innings."

Harris' efforts were even more impressive considering he was only just returning to action from a broken thumb suffered in the recent home series against Bangladesh.

Bit sore

While he admits the injury is still painful at times, the 30-year-old insists it is not causing him any problems when he's bowling.

"My thumb's alright," he added. "Every now and again I get a ball that wakes me up.

"I think it (the cast) came off a touch too early but that was the nature of the beast, I was to have it off in three weeks, so it came off.

"It's a bit sore, but not sore when I bowl which is a good thing.

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