Ryan Harris retires from all forms of cricket

Australian Bowler Harris retires due to knee injury


Australian seamer Ryan Harris has announced his retirement on Saturday from all forms of cricket due to his knee injury from which he was suffering for a very long time. He was also ruled out of the Ashes 2015 series in England.

The 35-year-old was left out of Australia’s final warm-up match against Essex after suffering a return of the knee trouble, which forced him to quit his cricket career.

“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,” Harris said following scans on his troublesome right knee.

“I’m pretty lucky, I have had a wonderful career and nothing made me prouder than pulling on the baggy green,” said the right-arm bowler, who ends his career with 113 wickets from 27 Tests.

Harris made his International debut in One Day cricket in 2009 against South Africa and played his first Test match against New Zealand in 2010. He is also the first fast bowler to take 100 wickets in test match after attaining the age of 30.

                                                                    Career statistics

Matches 21 27
Runs 48 603
Batting average 8.00 21.53
wickets 44 113
Bowling average 18.90 23.52

Australia coach Darren Lehmann: “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,” he said.

Pat Cummins would replace Harris in the upcoming ashes series announced by cricket Australia. The first Test of the 2015 series starts in Cardiff on July 8.


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