Australia likely to play Harris in Perth Test

Sydney: Given the resounding success of their pacers against the Indian batting line up, Australia are expected to play four fast bowlers in the Perth Test by drafting quick Ryan Harris into the playing XI.

An indication to this was noted when Australia flew Harris to Sydney on Wednesday to join his teammates rather than letting him play for Brisbane Heat in Friday`s Big Bash match at the Gabba.

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

Australia is 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 daily said.

The trio of James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus has 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.

Perth Test starts from January 13.