"You?ve got to go in and bowl as if it?s your last Test."
Ryan Harris.

"You've got to go in and bowl as if it's your last Test": Ryan Harris. Photo: Getty Images

Ryan Harris will take a ''go hard or go home'' approach into the Adelaide Test as the selectors search for ways to look after the quicks in anticipation of an all-out assault in pacier Perth.

Harris expects to play in punishing conditions at the Adelaide Oval and he will not be thinking about bowling in short bursts to preserve his body for the third Test, three days later, in Perth.

''I will be used as normal. I don't think going into a game holding anyone back is what you do,'' Harris said. ''You've got to go in and bowl as if it's your last Test, it doesn't matter how many days in between, you've got to go in 110 per cent.''

''If I was going in only bowling 30, 35 overs I wouldn't play because you can't have one bloke going half-hearted. It's puts pressure on your two or three other bowlers. I'm going in as if I'm bowling 50 overs. I've got to make sure, whatever I do between Tests, I get right and feel good, and I'm confident I can do that.''

A scare rippled through the Australian camp when Michael Clarke rolled his ankle during the warm-up a training on Monday. But fears were eased when he reappeared to complete a solid net session. Presuming the ankle doesn't flare up, the selectors' biggest concern will be how to avoid saddling the fast bowlers, particularly the injury-prone Harris, with a workload so big it makes it impossible for them to back up for the following game at the WACA Ground.

Harris continues to insist there has been no talk of him sitting out the Adelaide game, and coach Darren Lehmann has repeatedly said a fit Harris will play. So, if all-rounder James Faulkner is to come into the XI it would have to be as a fifth bowler at the expense of No.6 batsman George Bailey, who is just settling in after making his debut in the 381-run victory at the Gabba.

''If they did, I'm sure it would just be a conditions thing, and that would be fine,'' said Bailey, whose debut coincided with Australia's first win since January. ''That was pretty surreal … There were guys who'd played in the [losing] run since January who hadn't been able to find a win. So to look around and see what it meant to a lot of those guys was really special.''

Shane Watson had a solid bowl in the nets, and has said he will be able to bowl as much as the captain needs him to. And spinner Steve Smith is willing to chime in with part-time leg-spin at a ground where more than half the first-class wickets have fallen to spin this season.

That means Harris feels no reason to hold himself back for Perth.

''I'll be all guns blazing here as well,'' Harris said. ''I'm not going to miss a Test unless I really have to. I'm here to play five. I had the turnaround in England and got through OK. The wickets are a little bit harder here, that's the only difference. I'm feeling good. I had a good break, the extra day from Brisbane helped … 'Boof' [Lehmann] hasn't mentioned one word about me resting, which is good. I'm feeling good and ready to go.''

''We know we're going to be sore at the end of it. It's the unknown here again, this new wicket, and it's a challenge of tweaking what we did in Brisbane on those bouncy wickets. We've played enough in these conditions. Melbourne was like this for a few years. It was quite flat. We know what we have to do and what changes we have to make. It's another big challenge, as a group, to get our head around.''

Nor will there be respite for the England batsmen if Harris and Gabba destroyer Mitchell Johnson are a guide, even if it pays to attack the stumps in Adelaide.

''Mitch has come out and said he's not going to change the way he bowls. It doesn't matter what wicket you're on, If you're bowling that quick the bouncer is either going to go over your head or hit ya. We were able to over-attack in Brisbane with that pace and bounce but we'll assess the wicket and do whatever we can here.''