Harmison replaces injured Sidebottom for ODI series

Published: Friday, August 22, 2008, 0:30 [IST]
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London: England fast bowler Steve Harmison is to play in the one-day cricket series against South Africa, which starts on Friday, reversing a decision of two years ago not to participate in the one-day international format.

The 29-year-old Durham fast bowler, who made a comeback in the traditional version of Test cricket earlier this month, will replace Sidebottom -down with hip injury.

Harmison played the last of his 46 one-day internationals during the Champions Trophy in India two years ago and retired from one-day cricket following the 2006/07 Ashes series to spend more time from his family.

But the Northumberland born player has agreed to come out of retirement following an approach by England staff including new skipper Kevin Pietersen and has joined the squad for the first of the five-match series at Headingley tomorrow (Friday).

"After recently being asked by the England management to reassess my retirement from international one-day cricket I've decided to join England's squad for the NatWest Series after careful consideration," said Harmison.

"It's something I have been thinking about for a period of time and due to recent injuries in the England camp the opportunity has arisen for me to play a role in this series."

Earlier, Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who has failed to recover from a niggling hip injury has been ruled out of first two ties t of the five-match series.

England remain hopeful Sidebottom will be fit for the second match in the series at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, but for the time being they are welcoming the return of Harmison into their one-day ranks.

Harmison said: "I decided to retire from England's ODI team for a number reasons, one being the amount of time I was spending away from my family.

"Now that my family is settled and my bowling is settled I feel I have something to offer England's ODI side and am looking forward to playing a part in the NatWest Series against South Africa.

"Having missed out on selection at various times this year I am well aware of the disappointment that comes from not being a part of the England dressing room.

"With that in mind I want to be a part of the team and if that means bringing myself out of retirement to play a role in this upcoming NatWest Series then I'm happy to do just that.

"At the moment my focus is on doing well in the ODIs against South Africa and I'm not looking beyond that at this stage."


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