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Australia likely to play Harris in Perth Test

January 05, 2012 14:00 IST

Buoyed by the resounding success of their pacers, Australia are expected to play four fast bowlers in the third cricket Test against India at Perth by drafting in Ryan Harris into the playing eleven.

There was an indication to this as Australia flew Harris to Sydney to join his teammates rather than letting him play for Brisbane Heat in Friday's Big Bash match at the Gabba.

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Harris, who is recuperating from chronic knee and hip injuries, has 35 wickets at 21.37 from eight Tests.

Australia are keen to play him on the bouncy WACA ground pitch where he took nine wickets against England last year, including 6-47 in the second innings, a report in the Herald Sun said.

The trio of James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have dominated the famed Indian batting in the two Tests so far.

Harris, whose last Test was in November against South Africa, has taken two wickets in three Big Bash matches for Heat since returning from injury in December, with a best haul of 1-31 against Melbourne Stars at the Gabba.

The Perth Test starts on January 13.

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