Ryan Harris set to return at Perth but Starc to miss out

Updated: Jan 10, 2012, 08:32 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Perth: As a pre-cursor to the third Test at Perth, a four-man pace attack by Australia was very much a possibility but it seems that the selectors might as well go in with Nathan Lyon instead of Mitchell Starc at the WACA with Ryan Harris set to return for the third Test.

Ryan Harris is set to return to the squad in place of the injured James Pattinson and Captain Michael Clarke is sure that the Queensland bowler will get his chance in the third Test.

“I`m pretty sure Rhino (Harris) will get the opportunity first," Clarke was quoted as saying by Foxsports.

He further added “ I`m hoping that wicket is similar to what we played on against England last summer where it`s got a lot of pace and bounce and some sideways movement. If that`s the case there`s an option to play four fast bowlers but I always love having a spinner in our team and I continue to say I think Nathan Lyon is doing a terrific job for this team,”.

Calrke further added that, "You never know, I`ll wait and see what the wicket is like. There`s a chance if there`s grass on the wicket we`ll play four quicks."

Coach Mickey Arthur also seconded his captain’s opinion stating, “I don`t like going into a Test match without a spinner because I think a spinner changes tempo, it just gives you variation,”.