LITESPORT AUSTRALIA spinner Nathan Hauritz has moved to calm relations with England following the backlash over the home sides delaying tactics on the final day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. Hauritzs captain Ricky Ponting was unhappy with Englands final pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar as the home side batted out a draw. Ponting claimed calling the 12th man and physio on to the field late in the game was not in the spirit of cricket. With England and Australia due to meet in the second Test at Lords starting on Thursday, Hauritz has admitted he was not surprised by the home sides first Test tactics. At the end of the day they had to last, they had to survive for the last 60-odd balls and they spaced out their allotted amount of overs, said Hauritz. People could say that we were rushing through our overs to get more balls at them so I dont think anything has been made out of it at all by us. Its dead and buried. Its just part of the game and were just focusing on Lords at the moment. Hauritz, who responded to pre-match criticism by claiming six wickets in the match, also revealed he would have done the same had he been in Englands position. I know if it was me in that situation I wouldnt be facing up as quick every ball because its an extremely nervous ANDREW FLINTOFF could be out of the second Test at Lords on Thursday -- with Durham paceman Steve Harmi- son called up as cover. Flintoff will have a scan on his right knee today as he struggles with sore- ness and swelling after twisting the joint while fielding in the first Test, which ended in a dramatic last-wicket draw in Cardiff last night. Freddie had surgery on the same knee in April after suffering a torn meniscus while playing in the Indian Premier League. If Flintoff is ruled out of the match it will be an opportunity forTestdiscardHarmison--butanother huge blow for Flintoff, who has been plagued by be injuries since his heroics in the 2005 Ashes. Although he took only one wicket in Cardiff, Flintoff was the only Englandpacebowler toshowanymenace, while his batting looked a lot better than it has been. National selector Geoff Miller said: We have added Harmison to the squad as Flintoff injured his right knee at Cardiff and will undergo a precautionary scan later today. Andrew is experiencing soreness and swelling in the knee which he twisted while in the field and he will be reas- sessed by the medical staff over the next 38 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite Inbrief NEW INJURYKneecould seeFlintoff missLords asHarmy iscalledup BY NEAL COLLINS AussiespinnerHauritzplaysdownriftbutdelightedto BY JAMES GOLDMAN Inbrief Osprey Hanson quitting for sail GAVIN HENSON is reported to be quitting rugby union. The Wales centre, 27, told Ospreys boss Mike Cuddy he had become disillusioned. Henson, married to singer Charlotte Church, has developed a new love for sailing but has been spotted at Rugby League club Celtic Crusaders. Their chief exec Mike Turner said: If he wants to enter into talks over playing rugby league for us, we will listen with great interest. Thomas would Levet if he won FIVE WEEKS after playing like a monkey and then being disqualified from the qualifying competition Thomas Levet was today handed a place in The Open at Turnberry. The 40-year-old Frenchman, who seven years ago lost a five-hole play-off with Ernie Els, steps in for American Brett Quigley, who decided not to take up his place. I think Ive got a chance, said Levet. Im playing well. Not jumping to any conclusions OLYMPIC silver medallist triple jumper Phillips Idowu believes he can benefit from a low-key approach to next months World Championships in Berlin. Idowu went into the Beijing Olympics as world number one and favourite for gold, but was beaten by just 5cms by Portugals Nelson Evora. He said: A little bit of the pressure is off me because Im not ranked number one at the moment. Bernie balks at backseat drive BERNIE ECCLESTONE has rubbished rumours he is to move upstairs in the wake of a turbulent time for the Formula One supremo. He came in for considerable criticism following recent remarks seemingly praising Adolf Hitler, and some critics believe that, at the age of 78, it is perhaps time for him to take a backseat in the sport. But a defiant Ecclestone said: Any story suggesting Im going anywhere is completely untrue. Ward extends Quins contract Danny Ward has become the seventh Harlequins RL player to sign a new contract this season. The prop was out of contract at the end of the term but has agreed a new 12-month deal. There was never a question of me wanting to go anywhere he said. Hooker Chad Randalls club record run of 101 consecutive appearances looks set to after he twisted his knee in Saturdays 32- 16 defeat by Huddersfield. 48 hours leading up to the Test. In the event of Andrew being unfit, we see Stephen as a like- for-likereplacementintermsof thetype of bowlerheisandhisabilitytounsettle the opposition batsmen with pace and bounce. But we will need to consider all our options carefully when we come to determine the make-up of our bowling attack at Lords. England have turned to Harmison yet again after their insipid bowling per- formance in Cardiff, where the five-man attack took only six wickets. Yet with the Lords pitch expected to offer far more to the seamers, Harmison has been brought back after an eye- catching display in the England Lions draw with Australia, when he took six Aussie wickets and twice bounced out their young opener Phillip Hughes. 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