The Ashes: Ryan Harris says Australia still fancy their chances in the fourth Test

Last Updated: 11/08/13 9:54pm

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Ryan Harris: Has taken three second innings wickets

Ryan Harris: Has taken three second innings wickets

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Seamer Ryan Harris thinks Australia still have every chance of claiming a first win in the Ashes series, despite enduring a tough third day in the fourth Test.

The Aussies were bowled out for 270 in the morning in Durham as their lead was restricted to 32 and then punished by the in-form Ian Bell, who made 105 not out as England reached 234-5 to lead by 202.

Harris has taken 3-74 in the England second innings and had them in big trouble at 49-3 before Bell led a recovery mission.

"Once he gets in that mode, it's tough to get him out," said Harris. "He knows his game very well, he's very patient.

"And he's tough to bowl at, because you know you have to create something as a bowler and, if you don't get it quite right, he'll smash you.

"But we're pretty happy. We'd have liked another two or three wickets but we've had a pretty reasonable day.

New ball crucial

"I wouldn't say the game has slipped away from us. We just need to get those five wickets as early as we can in the morning and bat well.

"The second new ball will be crucial, once you get through the new ball it becomes a nice wicket.

"If we bat well we can chase 250 to 300. I think it's evenly poised."

Harris produced a superb delivery to bowl Joe Root and, asked if he had ever bowled a better one, he said: "Probably not, I just try to hit the right spots and let the ball and the pitch do the rest!"

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is an injury concern ahead of the potentially testing run chase.

Watson, who made 68 in Australia's first innings, may not be able to bat in the second after he was unable to finish his seventh over due to pain around his right hip and groin.

Cricket Australia say the injury will be assessed to "see how it settles" while Harris says the injury is "not as bad as first feared".

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