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Paul Harris announces retirement


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext.com
Jan 08, 2013 at 06:03pm IST

Pretoria: Titans and South African left-spinner Paul Harris has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season. Harris, 34, played 37 Tests for South Africa, the last of which came against India at Cape Town in January 11.

"I would like to thank all the people who have helped me over my career," Harris said. "A special mention must go to Richard Pybus, who had the biggest coaching influence on my career. I am sure that I would not have played for South Africa if it had not been for him.

"I would also like to thank Ian Repton, the Nashua Titans physiotherapist; he really has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me stay on the park over the last 10 years. A big thank you also goes to my agent and friend, Barney Girnun; he has been there from the start and has always supported me through thick and thin."

SA spinner Paul Harris announces retirement

The left-arm spinner played 37 Tests between 2007 and 2011 and featured in series wins in England and Australia.

Harris’ first-class career has spanned 14 years and he is six wickets short of the 400 mark. He was called up to the South African team in late 2006 and made his Test debut against India at Cape Town in January 2007. Though never a prolific wicket-taker at international level, Harris was a part of successful sides that won in England and Australia in 2008 and was a key member of the team as it rose towards the No. 1 spot. Harris did not lose an away series during his time at the top. He took 103 wickets at an average of 37.87 in 37 Tests between 2007 and 2011. He also played three ODIs.

He began his career with Western Province during the 1998-99 season, and joined the Titans in October 2002. In 2009 he left Titans for a brief stint with the Highveld Lions and returned in the 2010-11 season.

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