Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Ace Steve Is out to Do Some Harm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Ace Steve Is out to Do Some Harm

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PACE ACE Steve Harmison has flown out to New Zealand with a "spring in his step" after the birth of his first son - and is determined to help prove England are still a force with which to be reckoned.

Harmison, 29, was given permission by England to stay behind when the Test contingent left last week to join the limited-overs specialists already on tour, so he could attend the birth of his fourth child.

The Ashington-based quickie said: "All is well at home, so I can go out there full of confidence and with a spring in my step."

Harmison - who suffered a frustrating 2007 when a hernia injury interrupted his summer and prevented him taking any part in the Test series at home to India - has no doubt Peter Moores' evolving England team has the potential to make critics eat their words.

He added: "We have a young side, and sometimes that breeds a bit of inconsistency. You cannot be a bad team overnight."

Harmison (pictured below) who was back after his truncated summer in time for the pre-Christmas tour of Sri Lanka where England lost 1-0, is impatient to be back on the pitch again. …

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