IPL news April 25, 2013

Injured Harris flies home from IPL

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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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  • pat_one_back on April 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Bright side is that it's an opportunity to get 100% fit for July, there is much potential in Aust fast bowling stocks but Ryan is a here & now guy, his Test numbers are rock solid and Aust have struggled to take 20 sticks without him. Starc is still too loose, more MJ than Bruce Reid, Siddle is determined without having a lot in his bag, Bird has his number, it's Bird and Harris that can take top of off first ball to last and all day in between. Patto at first change. If Hadds bat's 6 you can slot Starc at 7, he or Fawkner will be the way to exit Watson if he hasn't made runs by the second test.

  • Mitty2 on April 25, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    For the Australian ashes leg, the six quicks in the squad should be: (based on who's most suited) pattinson, cummings, bird, siddle, cutting and starc; in England, those most suited are: bird, starc, Sayers, butterworth, sandhu/faulkner and pattinson. Harris is the type of bowler whose median value is that he can prosper in both conditions, but isn't necessarily as good in either England or australia (IMO). If we want Harris in the team, he isn't the type of bowler who should be rotateded in and out, he's naturally a workhorse, and isn't as much of a strike bowler as people think. He's very much like siddle (who is much more durable) and needs time to adapt; if he isn't deemed fit enough to play all 5 tests (I thought it possible before this injury) he shouldn't be in the squad. Him and siddle are too like for like anyway, I wouldn't have them in the same attack, let alone the squad. Punter said he's the best quick in australia, but with this injury: he doesn't warrant a spot IMO.

  • ramonster on April 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT

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

  • Moppa 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.

  • Tlotoxl 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 ?

  • Dr.Scott on April 26, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Disappointing but not surprising news.

  • RednWhiteArmy 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.

  • 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.

  • funkybluesman 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.

  • pat_one_back on April 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Bright side is that it's an opportunity to get 100% fit for July, there is much potential in Aust fast bowling stocks but Ryan is a here & now guy, his Test numbers are rock solid and Aust have struggled to take 20 sticks without him. Starc is still too loose, more MJ than Bruce Reid, Siddle is determined without having a lot in his bag, Bird has his number, it's Bird and Harris that can take top of off first ball to last and all day in between. Patto at first change. If Hadds bat's 6 you can slot Starc at 7, he or Fawkner will be the way to exit Watson if he hasn't made runs by the second test.

  • Mitty2 on April 25, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    For the Australian ashes leg, the six quicks in the squad should be: (based on who's most suited) pattinson, cummings, bird, siddle, cutting and starc; in England, those most suited are: bird, starc, Sayers, butterworth, sandhu/faulkner and pattinson. Harris is the type of bowler whose median value is that he can prosper in both conditions, but isn't necessarily as good in either England or australia (IMO). If we want Harris in the team, he isn't the type of bowler who should be rotateded in and out, he's naturally a workhorse, and isn't as much of a strike bowler as people think. He's very much like siddle (who is much more durable) and needs time to adapt; if he isn't deemed fit enough to play all 5 tests (I thought it possible before this injury) he shouldn't be in the squad. Him and siddle are too like for like anyway, I wouldn't have them in the same attack, let alone the squad. Punter said he's the best quick in australia, but with this injury: he doesn't warrant a spot IMO.

  • ramonster on April 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT

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

  • Moppa 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.

  • Tlotoxl 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 ?

  • Dr.Scott on April 26, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Disappointing but not surprising news.

  • RednWhiteArmy 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.

  • 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.

  • funkybluesman 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.

  • Ozcricketwriter 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.

  • Barnesy4444 on April 26, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Bad news. Excellent bowler but at 33 he is a big risk. He was only ever going to play maybe 3-4 of the 10 tests anyway. If he can't bowl 4 overs in IPL then I doubt he should be even taken to England, put him in the A team and then see how he goes at the start of the Shield season. We have several other quicks ready to step up and join the squad, Butterworth, Sayers etc etc.

  • Nightwing32 on April 26, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Why am I not surprised. Anyway Sayers is in the frame since the whole Aussie A tour anyway. If Harris can't play in that Butterworth deserves a gig. Still why am I not surprised.

  • Timmuh on April 26, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Well, at least he shouldl be back in time for the Ashes and won't be ruined by clown cricket in the interim. MrArmchairCricket is pretty much on the money with Butterworth as a back-up if needed, yet he can't even get selected for Australia A. Cutting, if fit, then Butterworth for mine. He, and Steve O'Keefe, must have done something behind the scenes to annoy some key people with the way they receive continual selection snubs.

  • Jayzuz on April 26, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Tlotoxl, if the Australian team is "so weak", then what does it say about all the other teams with a similar or lower ranking? Just a few weeks ago they were ranked third, 1 point behind England. Now they are fourth. One bad series does not define a team's future. England lost 3-0 vs PAK a year ago. They must also be weak - except that they are ranked number 2. India haven't won a game overseas for years. I'd say that is greater evidence of being weak. Being able to win at home on cooked wickets with no DRS doesn't cut it.

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    But, no the IPL is GREAT for Oz players! I can understand that Harris would of been keen to take up an IPL stint. He has done well there in the past & he hasn't had a long International career - so he wouldn't have many big pay cheques in the bank. Would of preferred he didn't play there, until after his International career - which can only be a matter of months from being finished (say January next year). In that time, there is a Champ Trophy & Two Ashes series to win!

  • bleedingice on April 26, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    i hope they replace him with Vernon Philander, im surprised hes not playing in the IPL

  • goodhoot on April 25, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    As much as I respect Ryan Harris as a bowler,he has a history of breaking down at crucial points and leaving the team a bowler short.I really think it's time for the selectors to cross him off the list and replace him with younger up and coming bowlers who can play at least 3 consecutive tests.As previously mentioned Luke Butterworth,Nathan Coulter-Nile,Alistair McDermott,Hazlewood(also injured currently I think) are a few worth considering.Previous selectors held on to the older list of players without bringing younger players through,That's part of the reason why Australian cricket is in such bad shape

  • featurewriter on April 25, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    MrArmchairCricket: Couldn't agree more mate. I think Butterworth should have been included in the original squad ahead of Faulkner. Faulkner is a great talent, but Butterworth is made for English conditions - and he can bat!

  • Rick777 on April 25, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Get Veron Philander to the squad.

  • malomay on April 25, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    @ Tlotoxl, I understand where you're coming from, however Simon Jones did win you an Ashes series when he stayed fit for most of the 2005 series. And I'm with you, all the hoo-haa was over Freddie Flintoff, but Jones was the most dangerous bowler on either side in that series. I feel that Harris should be given every opportunity to play as many tests as he can in this series & the return series in Aust, and then say goodbye to him & wish him the best. Short term option for short term gain possibly.

  • PFEL on April 25, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Ryan Harris . . . spends 15 months recovering, fit for 2 weeks, and the cycle continues

  • on April 25, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    shud b replaced by a wicketkeeper coz they hav enf fast bowling options available in form of pk,awana,gony,mahmood,harmeet etc....gili has been completely out of touch both with bat & gloves.......so they shud pick either paine or wade....

  • smudgeon on April 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Navin Talawant, if you had Courtney Walsh in mind, I'd happily agree! I'm sure even 10 years out of the game, he's still less likely to break down that Harris. Much as I like Harris as a bowler, he's just not reliable enough body-wise to be a test prospect. Continuity of attack is important, not "Harris in for the one match he can handle, then we'll swap him and (insert other injury-prone bowler) with (insert two more injury-prone bowlers)", and it is frustrating to see such talented bowlers breaking down with injuries (or potential injuries, in some cases) so often. Cynical? Yep. Am I right? Perhaps. Maybe, as MrArmchairCricket suggests, a straight swap for Butterworth if Harris doesn't recover in time would be the best thing. I would never ignore support for Tassie players in the test side!

  • Jaffa79 on April 25, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    I am surprised that he continues to try and play the longer form of the game. I know this was done in the IPL but still, having a bowler in a 5 day Test that is so prone to breaking down would seem too much of a risk. He should retire from Tests and concentrate on ODI and T20. At 33, he needs to look to his future and so do Australia.

  • Tlotoxl on April 25, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Even when you have as weak a team as Aus apparently have you surely have to to get to a point where you have to say the guy is physically incapable of staying fit for any length of time, rule him out for contention, don't even consider him unless he can stay it for an entire season, In England we very quickly gave up on Simon Jones despite him IMHO being the best bowler England had at the time.

  • landl47 on April 25, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Harris hasn't played in every match of a test series for four years. Of the 35 tests Aus has played in that time, he's played in 12 and in at least one of those he broke down in the middle of the game.

    He's a very good bowler in the brief periods that he's fit, but if Aus is going in with a bowling squad of which Harris, Pattinson and Watson are members it's simply asking for trouble.

    Aus should bite the bullet and not waste a place on a player who has almost no chance of playing the full tour or even a good part of it. Seam bowling is Australia's strength, Harris can be covered.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 25, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    So much for the Australian squad for the Ashes. One of the usual suspects returns to his favourite haunt-the recovery area, a place much inhabited by Aussie bowlers of late.

  • on April 25, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Should be replaced by a west indian bowler

  • Mitty2 on April 25, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Ahh, terrible news. Even Harris himself said he was getting himself into form and wanted to just keep on bowling (even in the ipl) so he could keep his action and form up. This is a pretty bad set back, as rhino last time did take a while to get back into wicket taking form. He's not exactly trust worthy is he?

    Whoever said hilfenhaus as a replacement - no. I was starting to feel good about not having hilfenhaus and Johnson in the squad anymore. I'd say give Sayers notice that he's on standby for Harris.

  • MrArmchairCricket on April 25, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I came here to basically say what Winsome said. Harris breaking down is not surprising in the least. I like the guy, and when fit he's a very good bowler. At his age, an achilles injury isn't something he'll get over in a hurry. Even if it's not a serious injury (which the 6-8 week time frame seems to suggest), he'll risk further injury, or additional injuries if he comes back too soon.

    I don't really care who replaces him in the IPL, but for the Aussie national team, I'd be strongly considering Luke Butterworth, who, while not as quick as Harris, is a genuine swing bowler who could do some good things in England.

  • on April 25, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Oh, please replace him with Mitch J. I have images of the MCC members creakily swaying as they belt out "He bowls to the right..."

  • cricket-india on April 25, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    there go the ashes...why min 25???

  • Chris_Howard on April 25, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I like the guy, and feel sorry for him, but geez he's a liability, especially in a five day game.

  • jrw39 on April 25, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @ Ian Jones - I'm not sure that Cricket Australia can be held responsible for this, he clearly has major problems if he can't bowl 4 overs per game without getting injured. As others have said, it is hard to see how he could get through one Test match, let alone a whole Ashes series.

  • Winsome on April 25, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    This must be the most unsurprising news ever. I can't imagine than many Aus fans expected him to be fit for the Ashess or to play more than two matches if he was fit.

  • Batmanian on April 25, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I guess Hilfenhaus is the other England special. Or give Bird another go. Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon, Bird could possibly do the job, with a bit of Watson. With Starc and Faulkner in the mix, it's a matter of picking the right players for the right grounds and sticking to mileage management - it will pay off in the long run.

  • Thefakebook on April 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Oh come on not again.He lost half his international carer due to injuries and looks like at 34 it's all over for Ryan Harris.So sad he was one of my all time favorite.

  • Sinhaya on April 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I really feel for this man Ryan Harris. He is no doubt Australia's best test bowler. He effectively was the biggest problem for us when Aussies toured Lanka in August 2011 where our batsmen were mostly troubled by him than others. I hope he can play at least 2 tests in the Ashes in England. It is no doubt clear that even if Aussie selectors do not opt for the rotation policy, Harris must play in only a selected number of tests matches in a given year. No matter what, I hope you can play test cricket for another 2 years Rhino.

  • ramonster on April 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Who can they get? All good players are either already part of an ipl franchise, or playing county cricket in very different conditions to India. KXIP already have a good seam all Indian seam attack, but don't have any overseas pace bowlers. Could use an all rounder.

  • Abhi1230 on April 25, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Replace him with Mitch marsh in Ashes

  • on April 25, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Awful management by Cricket Australia. He's the lynch pin of the side and you let him head off to play IPL?

  • kangaroussy on April 25, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    sigh. Nobody expected him to play all the ashes tests, and I guess if we got 2 good tests out of him, we'd be happy. But is the risk of a mid-test breakdown too great? especially considering that his backup would be Shane "snap, ouch" Watson.

  • kangaroussy on April 25, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    sigh. Nobody expected him to play all the ashes tests, and I guess if we got 2 good tests out of him, we'd be happy. But is the risk of a mid-test breakdown too great? especially considering that his backup would be Shane "snap, ouch" Watson.

  • on April 25, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Awful management by Cricket Australia. He's the lynch pin of the side and you let him head off to play IPL?

  • Abhi1230 on April 25, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Replace him with Mitch marsh in Ashes

  • ramonster on April 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Who can they get? All good players are either already part of an ipl franchise, or playing county cricket in very different conditions to India. KXIP already have a good seam all Indian seam attack, but don't have any overseas pace bowlers. Could use an all rounder.

  • Sinhaya on April 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I really feel for this man Ryan Harris. He is no doubt Australia's best test bowler. He effectively was the biggest problem for us when Aussies toured Lanka in August 2011 where our batsmen were mostly troubled by him than others. I hope he can play at least 2 tests in the Ashes in England. It is no doubt clear that even if Aussie selectors do not opt for the rotation policy, Harris must play in only a selected number of tests matches in a given year. No matter what, I hope you can play test cricket for another 2 years Rhino.

  • Thefakebook on April 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Oh come on not again.He lost half his international carer due to injuries and looks like at 34 it's all over for Ryan Harris.So sad he was one of my all time favorite.

  • Batmanian on April 25, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I guess Hilfenhaus is the other England special. Or give Bird another go. Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon, Bird could possibly do the job, with a bit of Watson. With Starc and Faulkner in the mix, it's a matter of picking the right players for the right grounds and sticking to mileage management - it will pay off in the long run.

  • Winsome on April 25, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    This must be the most unsurprising news ever. I can't imagine than many Aus fans expected him to be fit for the Ashess or to play more than two matches if he was fit.

  • jrw39 on April 25, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @ Ian Jones - I'm not sure that Cricket Australia can be held responsible for this, he clearly has major problems if he can't bowl 4 overs per game without getting injured. As others have said, it is hard to see how he could get through one Test match, let alone a whole Ashes series.

  • Chris_Howard on April 25, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I like the guy, and feel sorry for him, but geez he's a liability, especially in a five day game.