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Pattinson pick concerns Harmison

Steve Harmison
Harmison has helped fire Durham top of the Division One table

Steve Harmison says Darren Pattinson's selection for England against South Africa came as a disappointment.

Pattinson was fast-tracked into the side after just 11 first class matches following an injury to Ryan Sidebottom.

But Harmison believes others were unfortunate to be overlooked for the second Test, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: "Chris Tremlett was next in line.

"It's disappointing the way it's come in, obviously there are some young bowlers they could have picked."

Pattinson, 29, had taken 1-62 from 16 overs by close on the second day, with South Africa already 119 runs ahead of England for the loss of just four wickets.

And Harmison said that having picked Grimsby born, but Australian-raised, Pattinson for the Test, the selectors would have to shoulder responsibility if the gamble were deemed to be a failure.

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"They've gone for a wicket bowler, a condition bowler, and good luck to him," Harmison said.

"The selectors live and die by decisions they make. If they make a decision and it's right, like they did when they dropped me and Matthew Hoggard, it works for them.

"But if they pick Darren Pattinson and it doesn't work they have to be prepared for any criticism they get.

"They are the ones it's up to. You can't knock them. They are the ones paid to do the job."

And Harmison, who has taken 40 County Championship wickets at an average a shade over 23 this summer, feels he is ready to return to the Test team having been dropped after the first Test against New Zealand in March.

"I feel I'm confident and bowling well again. Yes, I'm ready to play a Test match, but I've got to get picked and that's a question I can't answer. That's a question for the selectors," Harmison said.

"They haven't been in touch, but they have had back-to-back Test matches. I can't worry about what England are doing, if I do that I'll lose focus on Durham and if I'm not doing my job I won't get picked for England.

"All I can do is bowl well, take wickets. If I get in the squad, then great, but if I'm not in, I'm not going to worry about it."


see also
SA on top after England collapse
18 Jul 08 |  England
Harmison breaks Hoggard's thumb
17 May 08 |  England
Hoggard included in Lions squad
29 Apr 08 |  England


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