Harris does not want to rush back onto the field
Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has ruled himself out of the upcoming South Africa Test series in November since he has not fully recovered from shoulder surgery.
Harris had his shoulder surgically repaired two months ago, and stated that it would be “unrealistic” if he said that he was fully fit.
Instead of rushing back, Harris noted that the home series against Sri Lanka, which starts on 14 December in Hobart, would be a more realistic target to make his international return.
In April, Harris played two out of the three Test matches against the West Indies in the Caribbean, and was even named as the Man of the Match in the Test at Barbados for his five wicket haul and unbeaten half-century.
Since making his international debut in 2010, Harris has represented Australia in 12 Test matches and picked up 47 wickets at an outstanding average of 23.63.
With Harris still on the road to recovery, Cricket Australia announced that they will be more careful when using him since they do not want him to sustain another injury.
Only once has Harris ever played all the Test matches in a series, and it came in his debut series against New Zealand in 2010.
Harris also stated that it would be foolish of him to try and make his international return during the South Africa series since it would likely lead to another injury, or even aggravate the shoulder injury he is currently recovering from.
Speaking exclusively to News Limited, Harris said: “I would love to be able to be back against South Africa but at this stage it is pretty unrealistic. It is one of those things I can’t control, I will get back for Queensland and let the rest take care of itself before any Australian stuff. In theory I will be up and going in six weeks but it is an injury we will not rush. The pain is going, I just have to build confidence now but believe I can get back well.”
Even though not having Harris in the squad will be a big blow for Australia, they have no need to worry too much since their pace bowling stocks are full of potential, ranging from young up and coming stars like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, to veterans such as Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle.
This series will be of major importance for both teams since the number one Test team ranking is on the line, and captain Michael Clarke will also be looking to keep his Test record intact, as he has not lost a Test series since becoming captain in March 2011.
However, Australia will face a tough time defeating South Africa due to their experienced batting lineup and fiery bowling attack.
South Africa have not been defeated in a Test series since Australia beat them 2-1 back in 2009, but in the last 20 Tests the Proteas have played, they have not won two consecutive matches.