Harris backs rookie trio to bounce back
CRICKET: Former Australian quick bowler Ryan Harris believes there won't be a long-lasting effect on inexperienced seamers Dan Worrall, Joe Mennie and Chris Tremain despite the trio's shocking introduction to international cricket.
Tremain (four wickets at 47.75), Worrall (1-171 in three matches against Ireland and South Africa) and Mennie (0-82 in his only appearance) have struggled on the tour, but Harris, himself a late arrival on the international scene, said they could all bounce back.
"I wouldn't say they're scarred,” said Harris, who is working as a bowling consultant, ahead of the final one-day international with the Proteas in Cape Town tomorrow night (AEST).
"They're asking lots of questions, a little bit to me but more so (bowling coach) David Saker.
"He (Saker) had been unreal with them. He's been such a big help and I've been under his wing, listening to what he's saying to them and giving them confidence.
"They know they haven't bowled that well but they also know they can bowl better.
"We always talk about that word 'execution', we just haven't done that.
"They've got to learn. There's a little bit to go yet but we've all been there - I was there. There have been a lot of blokes (in the same position).
"There's only so much you can do at training and nets sessions, you've actually got to play the game.
"They've said it in meetings that we've had - it's a big step up from state cricket, and that's what they've learned.”
Harris said there would be no backing down by the team after wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi were fined 25% of their match fees by the International Cricket Council for their stoush in the last ODI in Port Elizabeth.
Both were found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel relating to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
"What I saw there was no contact, there was a few words,” Harris said.
"That's cricket. That's life and that's how we play our game. It's obviously how he (Shamsi) plays it. We accept that and we accept what Wadey is going to do.
"If they want to throw stuff at us, obviously they're in front as well, but we're not going to stand back just because we're down.
"We have a lot of pride in our players, in our team and in our country so we're going to fight back.”