Harmison waits on England news

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Steve Harmison

Steve Harmison is keen to play a full role for England, but must wait to discover his fate for the winter tour

Captain Andrew Strauss insists no decision has yet been made on Steve Harmison’s England future.

Harmison, 30, played in the final two Tests against Australia as England regained the Ashes this summer, but was overlooked for a central contract earlier this month.

The Durham fast bowler revealed this week that he is likely to retire if he is overlooked for the winter tour of South Africa, or is seen as no more than a “bit-part player”.

England have delayed naming their squad for that trip until after the Champions Trophy, which got under way in Pretoria yesterday, and Strauss confirmed the selectors have yet to discuss the touring party.

“We haven't discussed the Test squad at all at this stage," said Strauss, whose team begin preparations for the Champions Trophy with a net session this afternoon.

"Harmison does offer something that other bowlers don't; he's definitely got a good chance of being on the tour. But we have to look at the whole balance of the side, all that sort of stuff.

"It would be wrong for me to comment on that at this stage. The selection meeting will be happening after the Champions Trophy."