Harris: I'm ready to go for Ashes finale
Ryan Harris is confident he will be passed fit for the final Ashes Test at the SCG starting on Friday.
The Australian fast bowler says rather than his long-standing knee problem, it was a blister on his heel that caused him the most problems in the fourth Test in Melbourne.
And he says the prospect of being part of what would be just the third Australian team to win an Ashes series 5-0 is acting as a huge motivator ahead of the final game.
Harris was at training on Wednesday along with Shane Watson, who is also a concern after picking up a foot injury. Few clues were provided as to the duo's chances of playing in Sydney, though, as none of the bowlers were involved in the net session.
Writing for Fairfax Media, Harris said: "Having a few extra days off after the win in Melbourne has helped me recover and I'm confident I will be right to play. If I'm not right I won't play, but at the moment I feel really fresh and ready to go."
He said his major concern at the MCG in the second innings, where he only bowled 10 overs, was a big, red-raw blister on the back of his heel.
Harris added: "I could barely walk. I still bowled through it but they had to cut the back out of my boot to get me back on the field at one stage. I literally couldn't put a shoe on for two days. But now I'm fine, I'm back wearing shoes again. I only bowled 34 overs for the match and my knee has come up really well."
Coach Darren Lehmann has been stressing to the players how much it would mean if they could achieve a whitewash in the series, and take that confidence into the upcoming games against South Africa.
Harris said: "That's why I'm so keen to play in the last Test at the SCG, not just to know that I have got through five Tests, but to be there to finish the job we started back in Brisbane. To be up there on the podium when the replica urn is presented would be an incredible feeling."
Australia are 1.72 to win the fifth Test, with England priced at 3.75.
Michael Clarke is 4.00 to be Australia's top first innings batsman.
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