LITESPORT Harmison is an enigma. He can have a positive effect but the flipside is 2006 whenhesentthefirstballtosecondslip. Thats never happened to me before as an opening batsman and it can be detri- mental to the side, it deflated the rest of them. Hes hot and cold, but if hes hot then Australia wont want him in the Eng- land side. London Lite Tuesday, 14 July 2009 35 bREakIng nEwS... Vucinic wont opt for Spurs ROMA striker Mirko Vucinic has ruled out a move to Tottenham. Vucinic has been a reported target of Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool this summer but the 25- year-old Montenegro forward said: At the moment its useless to talk because there arent any offers. If one should arrive I will talk with the club and well see. Obviously there are places where I would not want to go. Tottenham? Lets reject that. I would be sorry to leave Roma, because Ive renewed my contract. chamakh me an offer: Page 32 Dont Pont your finger at us Fletcher tells Aussie skipper FORMER England coach Duncan Fletcher has questioned Ricky Pontings behaviour following the Australian captains criticism of Englands tactics in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. Can the Australians really argue that Englands tactics are worse than the way Ponting places pressure on the umpires and makes them look bad in front of a huge crowd and TV audience? Fletcher told The Guardian. Ponting has to be careful. Someone needs to sit down and ask him what he understands by the spirit of the game. The way he plays is definitely not in the spirit. Despite his criticism of Ponting, Fletcher said he did not approve of Englands tactics. I should make it clear that I dont condone what England did, he said. Had I been coach, I wouldnt have let it happen. 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But he now concedes that his decision to change a swing that was already good enough to win back-to-back Opens and last years US PGA title will almost certainly cost him his hold on the Claret Jug. The 37-year-old Dubliner said: Sometimes you need to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. I just wanted to have a better golf swing. But its going to be hard to stay calm and focused throughout this tournament. countdown to oPen: Page 31 Merv the moustache gives England tactics his approval AUSTRALIA selector Merv Hughes claims his team would also have used delaying tactics if in a similar predicament to Englands last Sunday. England were criticised for sending their 12th man and physio onto the field between overs as last pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar held on for a draw in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. Australian captain Ricky Ponting described the incidents as ordinary but suggested they were not within the spirit of the game. Yet former Ashes-winning fast bowler Hughes believes the Australians might also have exploited the rules if roles were reversed. He told Sky Sports News: I would say either team in the situation would take any advantage they can to get less and less overs in, especially if they are nine wickets down. The team that is doing it is always going to be criticised but the team criticising; if they were in the same situation, if one of our batsmen had cramp or whatever and needed the physios attention then he would have been out there for as long as possible. You always see it from your perspective but if the shoe was on the other foot youd probably do exactly the same thing. 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