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Strauss may reshape England's pace attack with Harmison in mind

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London, July 25 (ANI): England captain Andrew Strauss will have the option to reshape the bowling attack for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, despite the fact that the pitch could be woefully under-prepared.

Many believe Steve Harmison should be in the team anyway, the cannon ball to Andrew Flintoff's medieval mace. Harmison, who has so far been included only on standby for Flintoff, is in form for Durham and took seven wickets on a flat pitch at Edgbaston earlier in the season, The Telegraph reports.

Stuart Broad was the under-performing bowler at Lord's, but Pietersen's absence, after an operation to his troublesome Achilles tendon, already weakens the batting, which would be further stretched if Broad, a useful No. 8, is left out.

The only man Harmison could replace is his Durham teammate Graham Onions, now suffering with elbow pain that limited his bowling opportunities at Lord's.

But Onions has also been in fine form, his nine wickets in the win against Warwickshire surpassing Harmison's figures. It would be far more likely for Onions to be replaced by Panesar, though only if the pitch forms one of those dry crusts that begins to break up as the match progresses.

The only forced change is Bell for Pietersen, and while he is not as likely to turn a game as readily as the man he replaces, Bell is both able and experienced, having played 46 Tests, the paper reports. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, July 25, 2009, 12:41 [IST]
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