The Queenslander was responding to the fact that the Australian team will arrive home from their limited overs series tour of India more than a week after the Englishmen arrive in Australia for the 2013-14 Ashes series.
“It’s a bit strange and not ideal but that’s the calendar and we’ve got to do it. We’re professional… we can’t sort of say no to India,” the Queensland fast bowler said.
“Obviously the ICC schedule games and that’s what we’ve got to do,” Harris, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald website. He claimed 24 wickets in four Tests in England where the hosts won the Ashes 3-0.
The website reported: “But due to the enormous power the Board of Control for Cricket in India wields in world cricket, and the financial reliance of Australia and other nations on it, he concedes there can be little arguing against the positioning of the trip to the subcontinent on the calendar despite the lack of prestige attached to it.”
However, Harris, who spoke at the Australian Cricketers’ Association golf day, is confident the taxing schedule won’t affect the Ashes preparations. “I think there are two Shield games they may get before the first Test so it’s not as if they are coming off nothing,”’ he said. “They will cope OK.”