Australia news January 16, 2014

Ryan Harris opts against IPL stint

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris will not be entering the IPL 2014 auction, instead opting to undergo knee surgery at the end of his team's upcoming tour of South Africa.

Australia tour South Africa for three Tests and three T20s between mid-February and mid-March. Harris, 34, who was one of the keys to Australia crushing England on their way to regaining the Ashes over the past couple of months, requires a clean-up operation for a lingering knee complaint, and is likely to be out of action for some time after that while he heals.

So, he is unlikely to be fit for the IPL in April-May. His red-hot form in the Ashes - he was second on the wickets charts with 22 scalps at 19.31 - meant he was likely to have been on the radar of some of the IPL franchises.

The deadline for players to submit their names for the IPL auction, which is set for February 12 and 13, is January 24. Previously, Harris had been part of the Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers squads.

Following the South Africa Tests, Australia are not scheduled to play any other long-format games till the series against Pakistan in the UAE in the second half of the year.

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  • Jagger on January 18, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    If Watson plays IPL this year one hopes the selectors never consider him for Test matches again.

  • pat_one_back on January 18, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    I do hope CA are looking after Harris, it's become rare in international sport to see anyone putting country first these days, especially someone with limited time left, much kudos to him, great player, amazing team man.

  • Gordo85 on January 17, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Watch out if he breaks down like he might just do. It is often a risk picking someone when they should be looking after themselves first and having operations. That often happens in AFL players play through with injuries and yet sometimes it is very silly because it is making the current injury even worse.

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    very wise from a great cricketer. he is above the IPL at this stage of proceedings, winning in SA and becoming the number 1 test nation is obviously the priority.

  • vatsap on January 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Hats off to some of the Aussie cricketers, who are clearly getting their priorities right. They could easily make a decent buck bowling 4 overs in a hit and giggle form. The boards should treasure these form of commitment. Also looks like he knows his body very well, to preserve himself for the more important Tests. Crisscrossing across India and playing in 40C+ would certainly take a toll on a good bowler.

  • Shaggy076 on January 17, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Jono Makin; His IPL contract was $350k - I would imagine his ACB contract is twice that and expect him to go above 1M when the next contracts are issued. If he continues to play consecutive test matches his AUstralian contract will increase by as much if not more of what he will miss out from the IPL.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 17, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    @Johan Kotze: South Africa would kill for Lyon i bet. Tahir is just so far off the pace.

  • on January 16, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    I hope CA is looking after him financially because he probably doesn't have many opportunities left for stints in the IPL and I'd hate to think he wasn't getting what he is worth, which is a heck of a lot, without question the most skilful quick we've had since McGrath.

  • Biggus on January 16, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    What a gem he is. Largely says and does all the right things. If he were only 10 years younger........

  • on January 16, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Glad to hear it! What a gun we have in Harris!! We need to stretch his career as long as possible, he's a weapon we haven't had since Glenn McGrath. Right now he's as good as him too!!

  • Jagger on January 18, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    If Watson plays IPL this year one hopes the selectors never consider him for Test matches again.

  • pat_one_back on January 18, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    I do hope CA are looking after Harris, it's become rare in international sport to see anyone putting country first these days, especially someone with limited time left, much kudos to him, great player, amazing team man.

  • Gordo85 on January 17, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Watch out if he breaks down like he might just do. It is often a risk picking someone when they should be looking after themselves first and having operations. That often happens in AFL players play through with injuries and yet sometimes it is very silly because it is making the current injury even worse.

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    very wise from a great cricketer. he is above the IPL at this stage of proceedings, winning in SA and becoming the number 1 test nation is obviously the priority.

  • vatsap on January 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Hats off to some of the Aussie cricketers, who are clearly getting their priorities right. They could easily make a decent buck bowling 4 overs in a hit and giggle form. The boards should treasure these form of commitment. Also looks like he knows his body very well, to preserve himself for the more important Tests. Crisscrossing across India and playing in 40C+ would certainly take a toll on a good bowler.

  • Shaggy076 on January 17, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Jono Makin; His IPL contract was $350k - I would imagine his ACB contract is twice that and expect him to go above 1M when the next contracts are issued. If he continues to play consecutive test matches his AUstralian contract will increase by as much if not more of what he will miss out from the IPL.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 17, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    @Johan Kotze: South Africa would kill for Lyon i bet. Tahir is just so far off the pace.

  • on January 16, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    I hope CA is looking after him financially because he probably doesn't have many opportunities left for stints in the IPL and I'd hate to think he wasn't getting what he is worth, which is a heck of a lot, without question the most skilful quick we've had since McGrath.

  • Biggus on January 16, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    What a gem he is. Largely says and does all the right things. If he were only 10 years younger........

  • on January 16, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Glad to hear it! What a gun we have in Harris!! We need to stretch his career as long as possible, he's a weapon we haven't had since Glenn McGrath. Right now he's as good as him too!!

  • cheesemethod on January 16, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Good priorities from Ryan, although the Aus cricket squad is so well paid that IPL isn't nessacery like it is for NZ or WI players.

  • Chris_P on January 16, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Look after yourself Rhino. Also good to see you respecting your IPL team by not joining with a potentially season ending injury.

  • GoCho on January 16, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    We had our very own Sehwag who played part of an IPL concealing his injury and then went ahead with the operation just before the test series! Thankfully Rhino knows his priorities

  • on January 16, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Harris is going to be a serious threat to the Proteas. He is the one bowler we would love to have on our side. Can't he go for surgery right now?

  • BustIPL on January 16, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Rhino keeping himself available for aussie stint back to top test ranking so keeping out of unimportant cricket. Aussie have their cards close to their chest and not provide all important practice during unimportant matches. some money might be lost but not the national pride.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 16, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Touring England next year again already? Seems like Ashes are being overdone a weebit to be honest.

  • PrasPunter on January 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    With every act of his , my respect for Rhino keeps going up. What a lion-hearted cricketer !! Good luck Rhino !!

  • CricketChat on January 16, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    I don't remember Harris playing many matches in 2013 IPL sitting mostly on bench. So, it wouldn't have mattered. Moreover, he should definitely curtail his workload as he is entering the last phase of a fast bowler's career at 34. He probably has one or two yrs at most at top level.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 16, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    How does the man play 5 tests with bung knee and do that well? Simply amazing.

    Hard evidence of the toughness of the average Aussie cricketer right there.

  • class9ryan on January 16, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    One of the most injury prone cricketers, Ryano is better not playing in IPL and serve Australian cricket atleast till next Ashes in UK.

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  • class9ryan on January 16, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    One of the most injury prone cricketers, Ryano is better not playing in IPL and serve Australian cricket atleast till next Ashes in UK.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 16, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    How does the man play 5 tests with bung knee and do that well? Simply amazing.

    Hard evidence of the toughness of the average Aussie cricketer right there.

  • CricketChat on January 16, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    I don't remember Harris playing many matches in 2013 IPL sitting mostly on bench. So, it wouldn't have mattered. Moreover, he should definitely curtail his workload as he is entering the last phase of a fast bowler's career at 34. He probably has one or two yrs at most at top level.

  • PrasPunter on January 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    With every act of his , my respect for Rhino keeps going up. What a lion-hearted cricketer !! Good luck Rhino !!

  • xtrafalgarx on January 16, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Touring England next year again already? Seems like Ashes are being overdone a weebit to be honest.

  • BustIPL on January 16, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Rhino keeping himself available for aussie stint back to top test ranking so keeping out of unimportant cricket. Aussie have their cards close to their chest and not provide all important practice during unimportant matches. some money might be lost but not the national pride.

  • on January 16, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Harris is going to be a serious threat to the Proteas. He is the one bowler we would love to have on our side. Can't he go for surgery right now?

  • GoCho on January 16, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    We had our very own Sehwag who played part of an IPL concealing his injury and then went ahead with the operation just before the test series! Thankfully Rhino knows his priorities

  • Chris_P on January 16, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Look after yourself Rhino. Also good to see you respecting your IPL team by not joining with a potentially season ending injury.

  • cheesemethod on January 16, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Good priorities from Ryan, although the Aus cricket squad is so well paid that IPL isn't nessacery like it is for NZ or WI players.