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Harmison heading for Headingley

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Steve Harmison will step out of the shadows to lead England's attack in Friday's opening one-day international against South Africa.

The Durham paceman has been persuaded by new captain Kevin Pietersen to come out of his self-imposed retirement and replace the injured Ryan Sidebottom for the Headingley showdown.
The 29-year-old was brought back into the Test side for the final npower victory over the tourists, but his last appearance in the limited-overs game came during the Champions Trophy in India two years ago.
"After recently being asked by the England management to reassess my retirement from international one-day cricket I've decided to join England's squad for the NatWest Series after careful consideration," said Harmison.
"It's something I have been thinking about for a period of time and due to recent injuries in the England camp the opportunity has arisen for me to play a role in this series."
Harmison added: "I decided to retire from England's ODI team for a number reasons, one being the amount of time I was spending away from my family.
"Now that my family is settled and my bowling is settled I feel I have something to offer England's ODI side and am looking forward to playing a part in the NatWest Series against South Africa."

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