Harris looks forward to bowl to ‘Champion’ Tendulkar

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 23:08 PM IST

Johannesburg: South African spinner Paul Harris is looking forward to bowl to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar during the three-match Test series starting December 16 at Centurion.

Harris dismissed Tendulkar twice out of three times in the two-Test series in India earlier this year.

“It’s a really big thing for me to bowl at him because who would have thought a boy from Kommetjie (near Cape Town) would bowl against Tendulkar,” Harris told a cricket website.

“What’s even better is that I think the score between us is quite even: I’ve got him out a few times and he’s scored a few runs against me,” he said.

Harris said his primary job would be to contain the big hitters but hoped that the Indian batsmen would go after him as it would increase his chances of bagging a wicket.

“I’m comfortable in a holding role. If Dale (Steyn) and Morne (Morkel) are getting us wickets and winning the match then I’m ok with keeping things tight at the other end. In Durban, in particular, that will be my job,” Harris said.

“The Indian batsmen have done well against spin which means I will probably have to set more defensive fields for them.”

“I hope they attack me. It was very frustrating against Pakistan when they didn’t play a shot against me. If they take me on, there’s more chance that I’ll get a wicket,” he added.

Harris made his Test debut against India in 2007 in Cape Town. He has played 34 Tests so far and has taken 99 wickets at an average of 36.8.

PTI