Sydney: Chronic knee problem, left ankle fracture, hamstring strain, shoulder problem, back strain, hip pain and, most recently, a tender Achilles - Australia's Ryan Harris has had almost as many injuries as he has played Test matches in the last three years.
Such is the esteem in which the 33-year-old pace bowler is held Down Under, however, that this weekend, he will board a jet for England looking to augment his tally of 47 wickets in 12 Tests and help Australia win back the Ashes.
His average of 23.63 tells part of the tale why such an apparently fragile bowler will be on the plane, as does the memory of the 6 for 47 he took in the second innings of the third Test in Perth to help Australia to their only victory in the last Ashes series.
Harris fractured his ankle in the fourth Test of that series and, he admitted, there had been moments in the long months of recuperation from various injuries since that he thought it might be his only Ashes experience. "Absolutely, you have those negative thoughts," he told Reuters in an interview this week. "I've had plenty of injuries, I'm probably going to have another couple, but the fact is I want to be part of this set-up, this team, for as long as I can....more
01:49 PM, May 23, 2013
Allaying all fears that Ryan Harris is set for a long injury layoff, Cricket Australia on Friday said the 33-year-old will be fit for Australia's Ashes campaign, which gets underway on July 10. Harris suffered the Achilles heel injury during the ongoing IPL 6 and was ruled out of the remainder of the season. He returned home for rehabilitation. Harris, who was named in the 16-man squad earlier in the...
11:41 AM, Apr 26, 2013