Rayan Harris out of the Ashes tour , retires from Test cricket

Sudipta / 04 July 2015

Harris made the decision to retire from all form of cricket after scans revealed his knee injury had worsened from the original diagnosis. He will be replaced by New South Wales paceman Pat Cummins, reported Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

This is huge blow for Australia ahead of next week’s Ashe series. Harris has an impressive record -46 wickets at 19.45 in the past two Ashes series against and was his country’s leading wicket-taker during the 2013 series in England with 24 haul. 

Earlier, Harris, 35, was ruled out of the Australia’s final warm up match against Essex on Wednesday after suffering what team management termed “soreness” to his right knee.  

Rayan’s problem with that joint has been a long standing one for Harris and created problem for him after delivering 30 over in his country’s opening tour match against Kent last week, the fast bowler’s first competitive action since Australia’s Test against India in Sydney in January  

“Given the news I received yesterday, and after talking it over with my family, I know now is the right is the time to step away from cricket,” Harris said.

Harris had been sent to a London clinic for a second round of scans on his knee on Friday after it troubled him during the warm-up match against Kent earlier this week.

During the warm up match against English county side, Harris took four wickets, but pulled up sore and missed the tour match against Essex.

Harris underwent major knee surgery last year, but struggled to get back to his best in the Test series against India.

The 35-year-old was rested from the second half of the Sheffield Shield season, but did a mountain of work in the gym.

Harris then skipped the West Indies tour due to the birth of his first child and arrived in London feeling refreshed, stronger and fitter.

Harris took 113 wickets in 27 Test with the best bowling figure 7 for 117 in an innings. 

Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann said: “I was lucky enough to captain Ryan as a grade cricketer, a rookie player and as a state cricketer. He was one of the most talented players I had ever seen.

“Ryan always gave it his all for his country and he epitomises everything the baggy green stands for. His never-say-die attitude was his signature as he left absolutely nothing on the field each time he played and I think that is something for which he should be incredibly proud.

“The team and I are certainly very proud of everything he has achieved on and off the field and we wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do next.”


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