Millwall boss inspired by England's Ashes heroics

NEIL Harris admitted to being “inspired” by England’s “miracle” one-wicket victory in the third test of the Ashes series against Australia.  

Ben Stokes’ 135 not out, including a last-wicket unbeaten partnership of 76 with Jack Leach, helped England to their highest-ever fourth-innings run chase in a test match for a total of 362-9 as they kept the series alive.

Harris is a cricket fan, and watched the last few runs on TV after leaving Millwall’s training ground on Sunday as Stokes produced one of the best batting displays in England’s history under the most extreme of pressure.

“Those sorts of things inspire us because we’re the underdogs the majority of the time. You want to see people pull off miracles,” Harris said.

“Watching the major sporting events, they’re contests, there’s a winner and a loser. There’s a ball in it, which means I’m immediately hooked.

“I love seeing fighting spirit, never-say-die attitude, backs to the walls, a team being questioned and having to bounce back.”

Meanwhile, Millwall are back at The Den this Saturday against Hull after three successive away games as they aim to go into the international break potentially in the top six.

Millwall recovered from a 4-0 defeat at Fulham last week to draw 1-1 against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

“At the moment, even after Fulham which didn’t derail us, it’s about trying to keep building platforms to try to get better and better,” Harris added.

“We need the international break to work on things. We certainly need to work on our use of the ball. Some players will need a rest because of the quick turnaround between games. Some will go away on international duty.”

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John Kelly