Australia news January 16, 2014

Ryan Harris opts against IPL stint

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

  • Patrick 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.

  • Gordon 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.

  • Bryn 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.

  • SRIVATSAN 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.

  • Graham 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.

  • James 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Richard 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........

  • ESPN 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!!

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