Aussies could struggle to find their aggression, says Harris

HOW his teammates get through Phillip Hughes' funeral in Macksville today may determine who will front up for the rescheduled first Test in Adelaide next Tuesday, according to Australian Test quick Ryan Harris (pictured).

But the cloud of grief over the team following the 25-year-old's untimely death means there will be a lot of uncertainty leading into the game.

Some players might not make a decision on whether they will play until match eve.

"It (today's funeral) is going to be bloody hard, and trying to play a cricket game a week later - no one's been in that situation," Harris said from Queensland Bulls training.

"We'll get through (the funeral) and regroup and get to Adelaide.

"It'll be really good to get together as a group in Adelaide, support each other and see how we go."

Harris said the general consensus among the Australian team was the players would have liked a bit longer to get over the devastation.

"We probably would have liked a bit longer, but that's reality. Those who can prepare well will, and those who can't will need more time," he said.

"I guess we've got a date we can work to now."

Harris said Australia's renowned aggressive style - with short-pitched bowling a key part of its make-up - may even take some time to return.

"I'm sure we'll get back to the way we were playing last summer but it's going to be tough - we base our game on aggression," he said.

While struggling mentally, the 35-year-old said he was in good physical shape after his recent return from knee surgery.


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