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Pitches not fast, bouncy: Ryan Harris

Sydney, Jan 3 (IANS) Australia pacer Ryan Harris Saturday bemoaned the lack of pace and bounce in the pitches used in the Test matches against India in the ongoing series.

At least one team in the three Tests at Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne had scores of 500 runs and above, which is an indicator of the pitches being batsman-friendly.

“I don’t think the wickets have been as fast and bouncy. Obviously we’ve got results in two of the Test matches. But again as a bowling group we’re always going to say we want a bit more bounce and grass. That goes without saying,” Harris was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“And that’s what we had last year and that’s where Mitchell Johnson excelled. Going on last year (Johnson) was able to do that because (of) obviously what (Peter Siddle) Sidds and I were doing but also the pace in the wickets. But not having that there is probably a little bit frustrating,” added Harris, referring to Australia’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash last season.

Australia currently lead the four-match series 2-0 with the final Test to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground here from Jan 6.

“In saying that we’ve had two results and nearly got a result in Melbourne. It’s hard to fully criticise the wickets but I must admit it’s been a lot harder than it was last year,” said the 35-year-old.

“Test cricket’s always going to be hard. I’m not saying we should get ridiculous bouncy wickets. But we go to India and get absolute shockers over there so it’d be nice to get some green tops over here.”

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