He also played down suggestions that Australia would have the edge over England following a 5-0 Ashes win on home soil in 2013/14, adding that if anyone might have "scarring" it would be the Australians given they had not won a Test series in Britain since 2001.
     
Harris was left out of Australia's ongoing final warm-up match against Essex after suffering a recurrence of the knee trouble that has plagued his career, but with Michael Clarke's men boasting plenty of fast bowling cover, Thomson said Thursday: "I wouldn't have had him in any way."
     
Speaking at a press conference in London organised by series sponsors Investec, Thomson said his preferred pace attack out of Australia's current squad consisted of Mitchell Starc, fellow left-armer Mitchell Johnson -- who took 37 wickets at 14 apiece during the last Ashes -- and Josh Hazlewood.
     
"I know (people talk about) Johnson, but I think Hazlewood might be a leading wicket-taker here. I love Starc, always have for years. He'd be my first pick."
     
Thomson made his name during Australia's 4-1 Ashes series win in 1974/75 when he formed a celebrated fast-bowling partnership with Dennis Lillee.
     
In five matches that series -- he missed the last through injury -- Thomson took 33 wickets at under 18 apiece bowling at a ferocious pace that has rarely, if ever, been exceeded.
     
But just a few months later, Australia faced greater resistance in England before winning a four-match series – shorter than normal because of the inaugural 1975 World Cup – 1-0.

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