Hamstring niggle puts Harris out of Champions League
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.