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Harmison gets his groove back

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harmisonIt’s never easy to tell what’s going through Steve Harmison’s head, but on a day when he produced his first five-wicket haul of the New Zealand tour, the good vibes were more clearly visible than usual.

While his fellow bowlers succumbed to injury and illness — and in Chris Tremlett’s case, ended up being booked on a flight back to England — Harmison bowled ten overs off the reel to finish with figures of 5 for 100, a performance that sparked his side’s fightback against the New Zealand Select XI.

Even so, Harmison has suffered too many barren days of late to allow one day of success to go to his head. “I got marginally better the more and more I bowled,” he said. “It feels as though I’m getting better, and to get a five-wicket haul is great. I’ve been in the country eight days, I’ve bowled in three innings and I’ve got eight wickets. There’s a lot of improvement to come from that, and hopefully it will carry on through the three Tests,” he added.

Harmison’s arrival in New Zealand was delayed by five days following the birth of his fourth child, Charlie, which put a significant dent in his preparation time, especially since he had not bowled competitively since the tour of Sri Lanka before Christmas.

“I wouldn’t swap the world for coming here late,” he said, “but I am the sort of bowler that does take time to (get used to) being in a different country. I’ve acclimatised better than I thought.”

Though he bowled with good rhythm and stamina in the Sri Lanka series, Harmison admitted his performances at the end of last year would count for little now. “It’s a new scenario and new pitches because I’ve had six weeks off,” he said.
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