Ryan Harris, the former Australian paceman, has been appointed Australia’s bowling coach for their One-Day International tour of South Africa later this month.
Harris, who played 27 Tests between 2010-2015, will work with Saker and Darren Lehmann, Australia’s head coach, during the South African tour. Although Harris has coached the Under-19 Cricket Australia XI and is currently working as an assistant with the National Performance Squad in Queensland, this will be a welcome opportunity to gain more coaching experience.
Adam Griffith, the Western Australian assistant coach, and South African legend Allan Donald had played the role of bowling coach for the recent tours of the Carribbean and Sri Lanka respectively.
“If I’m good enough, I will go as far as I want to go. If I’m not and I need to work on things, then I will. That’s the way I will approach it from now on”, Harris said.
Harris also expressed that he was excited to work alongside Australia’s newly appointed assistant coach. “Saker is a guy I look at as someone I can learn so much off and he’s had a lot of success. He knows the game and he’s got some great ideas around the game. So to be able to spend time under him is going to be priceless for me to keep learning”, he said.
“I’m keen to get involved in coaching because I just love the game”, he added.
Australia’s tour of South Africa starts with an ODI against Ireland on September 27 and will be followed by five ODIs against the hosts .