What does the future hold for Steve Harmison?

September 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm 1 comment


Steve Harmison has had a very enjoyable couple of weeks. Shortly after celebrating the Ashes win with England, he was back in Durham to help his side win the Cricket County Championship for the second season in a row sparking more celebrations.

The England seamer took the wicket which sealed the title – something else that has occurred in the last two years – and he admits that this is something he is ‘very proud of’. He went on to say that it is a ‘great achievement’ by Durham as a County.

During the aftermath he was also asked about his England future. Earlier in the week he had missed out on a central contract and he said that questions about his international career will ‘come at a later date’. So, with this in mind, what do we think the future holds for Harmison?

Personally, I wonder whether it is time to move on from him. Yes, he brings an extra dimension to the England team if he gets it right. There is a huge emphasis on IF though and this is the problem.

Too many times, England have backed Harmison and he hasn’t delivered. Can they afford to go on a tour as big as South Africa with a squad that includes someone whose form is uncertain and who doesn’t tend to travel very well? I’m not so sure.

I really like Harmison as a character and as a bowler though. He does intimidate opposing batsman and he does add something to the bowling line-up. I’m just not convinced the England selectors will want to go down the road of selecting him and then potentially having to drop him again.

Maybe there should be a line drawn under it and Harmison should retire from International cricket games. Then, England can move on with some younger players and Harmison can concentrate on giving his all for Durham.

This is, after all, something he clearly loves doing. You don’t see too many international players as passionate for the County game as Harmison is and credit must go to him for this. He promotes the County Championship well and even though it doesn’t mean more to him than the Ashes, it is still something he is extremely proud to be a part of.

Even if he does miss out on the South Africa tour and therefore decides to retire from test cricket, you just know that come July next year when he is taking yet more wickets for Durham, the England selectors will be tempted to knock on his door once more.

That’s why the Harmison situation is so fascinating. England can’t live with him and they can’t live without him.

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  • 1. Cricket Bats  |  September 25, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Steve Harmison is an out and out quick bowler. He is a great weapon to have in the test match attack armoury. You have to accept that some days he is going to spray the ball around and just not fire!

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