Knee injury curtails Harris' tour
Australia are searching for yet another replacement this summer after lynchpin fast bowler Ryan Harris today became their latest player to succumb to injury.
Harris, whose rise to prominence as a one-day international bowler continued as Australia fought back from 3-0 down to lose only 3-2 to England in the NatWest Series, hurt his right knee in the final match at Lord’s yesterday.
The 30-year-old will now return to Australia, meaning the tourists need to find a replacement for this week’s Twenty20 internationals and then two Tests - all against Pakistan - in England this month.
Harris’ misfortune is the latest in a run of injury setbacks for Ricky Ponting’s team, who were already minus several of their usual pace-bowling resources on arrival and then had to accept first-choice wicketkeeper Brad Haddin would not be fit in time to take any part this summer.
Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Ryan Harris injured his right knee during the fifth one-day international against England.
“He will take no further part in the Twenty20 or Test matches against Pakistan in England and will return to Australia for further assessment.”
Shaun Tait’s extreme pace helped Harris lead Australia’s NatWest Series fightback.
Ponting has already made it clear he is tempted to try to persuade the fragile Tait, called up for a return to ODIs after off-spinner Nathan Hauritz injured his foot last week, that a Test comeback may be feasible too.
Australia expect to name a replacement player for Harris soon.