Ryan Harris, the Australian Pacer is set to make an emotional return to training after his mate Phillip Hughes’ tragic death and he feels that bowling a bouncer will be the last thing he can do now.
However, he admitts that Bouncer will be “inevitable” if Australia will return to their trademark aggressive style.
Harris bowled about 10 overs in the Queensland Bulls training nets on Tuesday with none of them been a bouncer, part of his preparations for the rescheduled first Test against India at Adelaide starting next Tuesday, exactly two weeks after the 25-year-old Hughes was preyed to a bouncer.
But Harris said he would not know when he would be mentally ready to play let alone bowl a bouncer again until after Hughes’ funeral in Macksville on Wednesday.
However, the speedster conceded he would have to one day start peppering batsmen again.
“It’s a tough one to answer to be honest. I bowled 60 balls today and I didn’t bowl a bouncer,” he told reporters.
“I think it is inevitable what is going to happen, it’s part of the game. I have been bowling bouncers for a long time and I have hit guys before. I can’t speak for anyone else but it is going to happen. I am sure we will get back to the way we were playing last summer but it’s going to be tough because we base our game on aggression.” Harris added.
Harris hoped Hughes’ funeral would provide some motivation but expressed that no player will know whether he will be ready for the first Test until the whole team regrouped in Adelaide.
Talking about the Hughes’ funeral, Harris said returning to cricket had helped him after losing his mother Gai to lung cancer in 2006.
“Every individual is different. I have lost my mother before and I was pushed to play for my father and my brother and it probably helped,” he said.
“(And) keeping busy this morning has probably not allowed me to sit around and think about the funeral tomorrow. I will have to get to Adelaide and see how we all feel. (But) tomorrow is the day we are all thinking about,” Harris told.
Harris looked sharp in the nets as he prepared for his first Test since March due to knee surgery. But Harris does’t feel that fitness is a problem for his at this moment.
“It does seem mundane doesn’t it. But my knee is pretty good. I needed bowling, I have obviously been limited with what has happened but I feel as though I have enough.” he said about his fitness.