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Harmison: Reverse swing key

Steve Harmison expects England's fast bowlers to play a key role in the forthcoming Test series against India even though he says it will the spinners who end up "taking the bulk of the wickets."

The ex-Test bowler believes the seamers will focus mainly on containment and he adds that they all possess the tools to cause the Indian batsmen problems on home turf.

The first Test of four starts on Thursday at Ahmedabad and Harmison is upbeat about England's chances in a country where they last won a series in 1985.

The 34-year-old Durham fast bowler claimed 226 wickets in 63 Test matches between 2002 and 2009, and he said: "It is difficult for fast bowlers to take wickets in the sub-continent.

"And I'm sure England are banking on spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar.

"They could take the bulk of the wickets but fast bowlers can do well by containing batsmen.

"They can build pressure on batsmen and I'm sure they have a game plan to stop the boundaries.

"England's game plan will be to stop them from scoring and to do this they'll need to bowl good reverse swing.

"But England's seamers, whether it is Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnen, James Anderson, Steve Finn or Stuart Meaker, all bowl good reverse swing.

"And that is going to be the key with the England seamers and if you want to be the best fast bowler in the world you have to go out and bowl in these conditions."