Ryan Harris has announced immediate retirement from all forms of cricket. Harris made the decision after scans revealed that his knee injury has only worsened after its diagnosis. New South Wales paceman, Pat Cummins, is now all set to replace the fast bowler for the ashes.
“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.
Harris bowled 30 overs against English county side Kent and took four wickets. However, the 35-year old missed the tour match against Essex and couldn’t recover thereafter.
Harris was sent to a London clinic for a second round of scans on Friday after it troubled him during the warm-up match against Kent earlier this week.
Despite having all the skills to be one of Australia’s finest pacemen, injuries sapped his career. He underwent a knee surgery last year but even though he recovered for the series against India, he was well past his prime in that series.
Harris played 27 Tests, putting up performances by taking 113 scalps at a 23.52 average with five wickets in an innings, and was handy down the order, batting at 21.53.
For one of the most talented bowler Australia has ever produced, it was a short career indeed.