IPL news April 25, 2013

Injured Harris flies home from IPL


Ryan Harris, the Kings XI Punjab fast bowler, has returned to Australia from the IPL after being diagnosed with an Achilles tendon injury. Harris left India on Tuesday, the night before he was named in Australia's squad for the Ashes in England this summer.

Harris, 33, had played in Kings XI's first three games of the season before sustaining the injury. Once the nature of his injury was ascertained the Kings XI management, in consultation with Cricket Australia's medical team, deemed it fit for Harris to return to Australia.

If Harris' rehabilitation goes as planned, he could recover well in time for the Ashes. "Harris has been ruled out for six to eight weeks, so it was best for him to be released and recover at home," Arvinder Singh, the Kings XI chief operating officer, told ESPNcricinfo. "We will name his replacement in a day or two."

Harris has a history of injuries and this latest setback is unlikely to go down well in Australia. After missing most of the domestic season, Harris had recovered in time play three Sheffield Shield games. His haul of 19 wickets in those matches for Queensland earned him a place in the Ashes squad, which is being touted as Australia's weakest since the 1980s.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ramo on April 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    KXIP should replace him with Philander, they need an all rounder pace man.

  • Guy on April 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter - great Ashes record??? Try 34 wickets from 9 Tests at 34 - more like 'mediocre'. If Harris can't tour my choice would be Sayers on a horses-for-courses basis - haven't seen him bowl but sounds like he's a genuine outswing bowler. Who knows, maybe he could emulate Massie or Alderman? (Incidentally, I was always disappointed that Fleming never got a chance to play a Test in England). Having said all that, Butterworth would also be a worthy selection, as suggested by many commenters. IMO, Hilfenhaus is way out of the frame - not much use picking a 'swing' bowler who refuses to pitch the ball up.

  • Luke on April 26, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    @Jayzuz: I am not calling the Aussie team weak, that why I used the word "apparently", I am simply listening to all the Aussie fans and Journalists all of which I have heard have been predicting anywhere between 6-0 to 8-0 to England and commenting on whether this is the worst Aussie team ever. I expect England to win because England is as good if not slightly better than '09 & 10/11 and the Aussie team is substantially worse without Ponting and Hussey but it will not be easy.

  • soumyas on April 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Philander, Tsotsobe are there for replacement, but where is Bolinger,Hilfenhaus and Mckay ?

  • Scott on April 26, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Disappointing but not surprising news.

  • Sean on April 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    So how many of the notoriously fragile aussie pace attack will be available for the first test? 2 is my guess.

    This series will be a walk in the park for England.

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Saddened by this, I would have thought after such a long lay off that he'd have stayed in good condition for a longer period that 3-4 months. Still I don't begrudge him his time in the IPL, everyone needs to make a buck.

  • Chris on April 26, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Harris has shown quality at times when he's played, but he just breaks down to much, and it's not like he's a youngster who it's worth persisting with because if he can come through he's got years ahead of him.

    Australia had two tests last summer where much of it was played a bowler short after one of the fast bowlers broke down early in the test. There is always a risk of something happening no matter how well you look after players, but you don't need to increase the risk by picking someone with a huge history of breaking down with injuries.

    Sorry Ryan, but your time has passed.

    Plus the fact that fast bowling is the one area where Australia have great depth and quality. It's batting and spin bowling that I could understand taking a risk on someone like that because of the lack of quality in depth, but not fast bowling.

  • Adrian on April 26, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    It is a shame but it is hardly like we are short on options. While my personal preference is to play Mitchell Johnson (who, remember, was the main reason that we won our only Ashes victory last time, and is in magnificent form, with a great Ashes record) but if the selectors don't want him, they could try Alistair McDermott, or Gurinder Sandhu, or Chadd Sayers, or even go in with the bowling all rounder Luke Butterworth. There is also Ben Hilfenhaus, who did so well in England last time around. I am not sure of the fitness of Pat Cummins but if he is fit, he could also be an option. While Ryan Harris was our best bowler, so long as we pick one of the above options, we are still okay. We could even use the opportunity to pick a second spinner in either Ashton Agar or Steve O'Keefe, or could pick our best batsman in India after Clarke, Steve Smith. Or we could pick our best batsman that has yet to play test cricket in David Hussey.