July 6, 2015
The Tourists were dealt a major blow going into their second warm up game of the series. Losing there veteran seamer to a recurring knee problem.
Harris stated: “I have had a wonderful career and nothing made me prouder than pulling on the Baggy Green.”
After having surgery last year on his knee it has never been the same. Suffering in the build up to the series he went for a scan and that’s when he made his decision.
“Given the news I received yesterday and after talking it over with my family, I know now is the right time to step away from cricket.
“I played 27 more Tests than I ever thought I would and I have relished every single moment of them.
“Walking away from the team and our support staff is probably the hardest thing to stomach right now. This is a very special team and I know they will do Australia proud in this Ashes series.”
Harris is what some might say an ‘Ashes specialist’ taking 57 wickets at a average of 20.63 in 12 Ashes Tests. Which is more than half of all the wickets he has taken in Tests.
Although the Tourists will miss Harris’s experience – I don’t think he will be missed on the field too much as they have great cover in Josh Hazelwood who many believe will be the surprise package this summer.
We wish Ryan Harris every success with whichever way he career goes from now on in and congratulate him on a fine career as a cricketer!