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Harris sorry for 'silly' tweet
Ryan Harris has issued an apology for his angry and foul-mouthed tweet after being initially refused entry to the venue for Australia's Ashes celebrations.
Harris had difficulty making his way past security at the Crown Casino complex, for a party laid on by Shane Warne after the hosts regained the urn in Perth, and the fast bowler vented his spleen on Twitter in the early hours.
The tweet read: "A tip for all those heading to Perth! Avoid the crown or casino! S*** hole can't get in if you have had a drink #s***place#d***heads."
The 34-year-old subsequently deleted the tweet - and in the cold light of day, said: "As I've heard many times before, don't tweet when you've had a drink.
"Obviously I made a silly mistake this morning and I tweeted something I probably shouldn't have.
"I apologise to Crown, it was a silly thing to do - they let me in in the end, so they did the right thing. Obviously they have to do their job, and they were doing it."
Harris and his team-mates were celebrating taking an unassailable 3-0 lead over England in the Ashes, and the paceman added: "I don't want to take the gloss off what we've done. It's been unbelievable what we've done.
"To be 3-0 up in the Ashes series is a great feeling and the guys said we deserved to celebrate last night and we did, we celebrated as a team and we had a great night."
Even so, just as England celebrated their Ashes victory inappropriately over the summer - when a group of players urinated on the outfield at a largely-deserted Oval hours after the final Test had finished - this time the embarrassment appears to be Australia's.
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson was aware of Harris' spot of bother by the time he spoke to the press on Wednesday morning, after Australia had hammered England at the WACA to secure the Ashes with two Tests to play.
"I haven't spoken to Ryan this morning," he said.
"Obviously things for a period of time might not have gone exactly right.
"But in the end we were just there to have a great time. There was no intention other than making the most of winning the Ashes back."
Watson's evening went without a hitch.
"Certainly we had a great night celebrating," he said.
"We had a lot of fun last night.
"[After] the down times we've been through as a team and as a group, [it's great] to be able to really share the special times as well ... so it was extremely special last night."
Harris reportedly ventured on to Twitter after 3am, when Watson was already tucked up.
"I think it was around 130 or two o'clock," the all-rounder said of his own bedtime.
"Shane Warne was very kind to put on a party for us at the Crown Casino.
"It was a brilliant night to get everyone together. The families were there as well ... it was just a really special time to be there and make the most of it."
Watson also voiced his admiration for the impact coach Darren Lehmann has had on the Australia team since taking over from the sacked Mickey Arthur just before the start of the Ashes in England.
Arthur and Watson did not always see eye to eye, infamously during Australia's Test tour of India last spring.
Watson, whose second-innings hundred in Perth helped to set up Australia's 150-run victory in the third Test, has found Lehmann's style more to his liking.
"Most importantly, he's brought the fun back to us playing cricket for Australia," he said.
"It certainly got quite regimented there for quite a while, and that's not getting the best out of anyone.
"Darren immediately made sure we were enjoying ourselves on and off the field, but also learning from our mistakes.
"Darren's always very adamant that it's okay to make a mistake once, but you've got to learn from it and make sure you're doing everything you can to not do that again."
Harris may be happy to hear that.
Watson, meanwhile, is pinching himself at winning the urn for the first time.
"To be part of an Ashes-winning series is something I've only dreamt of," he added.
"It's no doubt the most special moment in my career."