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When Harris chose the baggy green over the Three Lions and picked up a five-for vs his ‘home’ side

Harris ripped the heart out of England’s top order yesterday with three valuable wickets,including two in five balls

Written by AFP | London | Published: July 20, 2013 1:46:40 am

Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris tormented England on the first day of the second Test at Lord’s and then revealed he could have been an Ashes hero for the home side.

Harris ripped the heart out of England’s top order yesterday with three valuable wickets,including two in five balls and ended up with his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Friday. He admitted he could just as easily have been wearing England’s colours instead of the famous baggy green Australian cap.

Dad’s land

Sydney-born Harris has a British passport because his father was born in Leicester and,while playing for English county Sussex in 2008,he had considered committing himself to his dad’s country of birth.

But Queensland,impressed by his form for Sussex,moved in to sign him on condition he committed himself to Australia.

“Last time I was in this building I had a meeting with (former England captain) Mike Gatting about that passport,” Harris said at Lord’s.

British passport holder

“I travelled here to play a little bit,and having an English passport made it a bit easier. But dad moved over to Australia when he was 10 or 11,so he was brought up an Aussie and brought me and my brother up as Aussies.”

But perseverance,says the fast bowler,allowed him to have one more crack at playing for the side from Down Under.

“It was a messy situation. I had a really good offer for Queensland that came through at the time,and that’s where I thought I might have one last crack at trying to play for Australia. Obviously,it was the right move.”

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