Harmison 'getting better'
Steve Harmison believes he is back on track after claiming a five-wicket haul in England's final warm-up match.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 29/02/08 4:41pm
Steve Harmison believes he is back on track after claiming a five-wicket haul to spark a spirited England fightback in their final warm-up match before the first Test against New Zealand.
The Durham fast bowler recaptured his bowling rhythm by taking 5-100 on the second-day of England's preperation match against a Select XI in Dunedin.
Harmison claimed 4-41 from an unbroken 10-over spell before making Jeetan Patel his fifth victim of the innings as the hosts were dismissed for 271.
Peter Moores' men regained a foot-hold in the match by the close of the second day as half-centuries from Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss gave England a 15-run lead as they made 155-3 at stumps.
Harmison believes he is nearly back to match fitness having arrived in the southern hemisphere later than the other seamers after attending the birth of his fourth child Charlie.
"It's got marginally better the more and more I've bowled," said Harmison.
"At this moment in time I'm still trying to find my feet and find the right length on these wickets because I've only been in the country eight days.
"I wouldn't have swapped coming here late for the world but I am the sort of bowler that does take time to being used to being in a different country - I feel I've acclimatised better than I thought I would which is a bonus.
"There were some quick balls, there were some good balls but there were some bad balls in there as well.
"The more I've gone on during this trip so far there have been more good balls in an over than bad balls so I've got to be relatively happy."
Harmison admits he is frustrated at his inability to get back to the kind of form that saw him become the top bowler in the world.
However he insists his inconsistency is not through a lack of trying, and that he is hoping the hard work will pay off in the coming months.
"I'm as frustrated as anybody but it's the way I am and the way I'm made up," he said.
"It's not for the want of trying because I try my nuts off every time I go onto the field.
"Sometimes I know at the top of my action when things aren't going quite right but you can't drag it back from there - I know when things aren't going quite right but it's after the event has happened rather than before.
"All I've ever done is try my best every time I go on the field and sometimes at the start of trips I get better and better through time. Now I'm just a Test player I've got to get better quicker - I feel that I'm on the right road but I'm not there yet."