It's time to turn to Harmy

Andy Lloyd
AS regular readers of this column will have probably noted, I&rsquo;m not Steve Harmison&rsquo;s biggest fan. All too often he seems to lose interest or focus, and is not the kind of bowler you would put your last shilling on producing a good, consistent spell.<br /><br />That said, when you catch him at just the right time, he&rsquo;s still a damn fine option &ndash; and now is as good a time as any to get him involved.<br /><br />Harmison bowled well against the Australians for the Lions at Worcester 10 days ago and impressed the selectors with another five-wicket haul for Durham over the weekend. With England&rsquo;s seam attack severely lacking in Cardiff, Harmison&rsquo;s extra zip and aggression could just be the ticket on a seam-friendly Lord&rsquo;s track. I believe the selectors had pencilled Harmison in for a starting place come Thursday whatever the circumstances, but unfortunately it looks as though it may have the be at the expense of Andrew Flintoff. Yes, it seems the &lsquo;Fragile Freddie&rsquo; curse has struck again &ndash; and this after just 35 overs of turning his arm over. It&rsquo;s a sad situation for Fred and the English game as a whole, but I can&rsquo;t help thinking we&rsquo;re in for plenty more disappointments like this.<br /><br />If Freddie is fit, Harmison must still come in for Monty Panesar, but if he doesn&rsquo;t make it, the selectors will need to decide whether to stick with five specialist bowlers or beef up the batting with Ian Bell.