Australia news August 29, 2013

Hamstring niggle puts Harris out of Champions League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ryan Harris, the Australia fast bowler, is expected to be unavailable for the next 6-8 weeks following a hamstring injury. The injury puts him out of contention for the Champions League T20, where he would have represented Brisbane Heat, and possibly the one-day series against India in October.

According to an update from Cricket Australia, Harris was assessed on his return to Australia after suffering the injury during England's second innings in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

Harris emerged as the leading wicket-taker for Australia, and the second-highest in the series, with 24 wickets in eight innings at an average of 19.58. This included a seven-wicket haul in the second innings of the fourth Test in Durham. He missed the first Test in Nottingham, but was included in the Australia squad after recovering from the heel injury he picked up in this year's IPL.

Since his international debut in 2009, Harris' career has been interrupted by injury. He has been intermittently plagued by a chronic knee injury and fractured his ankle during the Boxing Day Test in 2010. He also suffered injuries on Australia's tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa in 2011. A shoulder surgery before the start of the 2012-13 season ruled him out of Tests in the summer. He eased his way back to cricket by playing domestic cricket for Queensland. Harris, who played for Kings XI Punjab in this IPL, suffered an Achilles tendon injury which forced him to withdraw from the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Boon in disguise for him. A well-earned break from the rigours of four Tests in a row, in all of which he steamed in hard all day. He is the best thing to happen, bowling-wise, to Australia in the past few weeks. Hopefully, this break will prepare himself for the rigours of five, starting in three months.

  • Brenton on August 30, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    A little bit of a hamstring niggle means he will only be fit just in time for the return Ashes series. Sounds like good timing to me.

    Harris shouldn't be playing t20 stuff anyway. Even one dayers should be off the cards, he should be a test specialist. When his body can't handle tests anymore he can go and play a season or two of IPL and make a million.

  • John on August 30, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: I don't know if you watched the 4th test match, but in England's 2nd innings Harris produced one of the finest spells of fast bowling I've ever seen. He bowled 28 overs, took 7 wickets and almost single-handedly kept Australia in the game. He bowled fast, accurately and varied his length from searing yorkers to vicious bouncers. He bowled over the wicket, round the wicket and got the England batsmen hopping all over the place.

    Now, imagine him playing in one of your beloved T20s. Harris would have had 4 overs. He'd have had no close catchers. He would have bowled purely to contain. He'd have cut down his pace so as not to give away too many edges. If he'd taken 1-15, he would have had a great match.

    Which performance do you think would have been more memorable? The problem with T20 is there's no balance. Batsmen slog, bowlers get 4 overs to keep the runs down. Occasionally, like Finch today, a batsman does something memorable. A bowler, never.

  • Tim on August 30, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    No injury is good, but at least he will only be missing pointless games. Hopefully he can come back through the Shield and be right for Brisbane.

  • John on August 29, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    If you're Australian, think back on the Ashes, imagine how Australia would have done without Harris, give a couple of gulps and hope that he's fit for the return series.

    The young Aussie pace attack seems to be withering and dying as we watch. Cummins is injured and out for the Summer again. Patto, Bird and Faulkner looked pretty ordinary ( before saying that Faulkner took 6 wickets, remember how he did before Eng were pressing for quick runs; he never looked like getting a wicket).

    Starc is as wild as MJ- before wishing for Johnson back, Mitty, consider the T20 today. MJ bowled 1 great over, 1 OK over and 2 overs of absolute rubbish, wides, no-balls and cannon-fodder. Same old MJ, as far from test cricket as ever.

    What's surprising is that Faulkner, Bird and now Hazlewood are very medium pace, in the 82-84mph range. Pattinson's 86-88 and Starc gets it up over 90, but it's not searing pace. I doubt Eng's batsmen are sleeping badly, especially not if Harris is hurt.

  • David on August 29, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Bit of a twang in the hamstring, have a rest til the end of October. Sounds like informed player management to me. No, of course I accept that it is a serious injury...

  • Harvey on August 29, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Harris and Watson should stick to ODI and T20. The latter is infinitely better at the short game anyway

  • Owen on August 29, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Good time to get an injury I suppose! Better he save himself for the return leg. A bowler of Harris' calibre should wait until he retires from tests, and then spend a couple of years taking a goodbye cheque as a jester for the hit and giggle crowds, not waste his talent now

  • Aram on August 29, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    he is a good bowler.. AC should save him for international matches.. because he is injury prone :3

  • Justin on August 29, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    @Chris Sun - your too funny - its only a few months till the next ashes series. Happy birthday to Harris in the meantime then.

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