A Bird in the Test looks worth Harris rest

QUEENSLAND and Australian paceman Ben Cutting says he doesn't own a crystal ball - that might be debatable following his Ashes prediction to APN in May.

Cutting, who played three ODIs and two Twenty20s last summer, said the series would finish 2-all and rain would ruin at least one Test.

Unfortunately for Australia, Cutting was spot on about the rain after England retained the urn by drawing the third Test when bad weather ended Australia's final-day victory push at Old Trafford.

"Mate, I should be a weather forecaster," he said with a laugh.

"Saying that, you know you are never going to get 25 days of rain-free cricket over there."

With one prediction already in the bag, Cutting said he was keen to see his second come true with Australia winning the final two Tests at Durham and The Oval to level the series.

The fourth Test starts on Friday, and with such a short turnaround, Cutting said that if he was a selector he would make just one change to the side that dominated the hosts in Manchester.

His fellow Queensland quick Ryan Harris might not like it though.

"This series is lost, so I would rest Ryano," Cutting said.

"He's goes so hard in every game he plays and he has bowled fantastically in the two Test he's played, but I reckon we are better off saving him for our bid to win the Ashes here in the summer.

"We cannot afford to blow him apart over there and see him break down - we want him fit and firing back home.

"You've seen the damage he's done over there, imagine what he can do at the Gabba and WACA with all the extra pace and bounce in those wickets.

"I'd give Jackson (Bird) a go at Durham."

While he would make a change to the bowling attack, Cutting, who is back bowling at full pace following groin surgery in March, which ended his Ashes hopes, said the batters should be all given another chance.

"They should have a lot more freedom to play their natural game now there is no pressure on them," he said. "If we can win the next two, we will have plenty of momentum for when the battle resumes here in November."

After its bowlers' heavy workload in Manchester, England has added paceman Graham Onions to its squad at the expense of spinner Monty Panesar, while fellow quick Chris Tremlett retains his place.

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