Harris is hoping to be back sooner rather than later
Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has admitted that he will find it extremely tough to be fully fit by the time the Ashes come around next year.
Harris underwent shoulder surgery three months ago and is still expected to be out of action for another four months.
“If I am not right by the Ashes then something is drastically wrong, put it that way,” The Age quoted Harris as saying.
The pace bowler took 47 wickets in 12 Tests at a brilliant average of 23.63 before undergoing surgery and he stated that it was extremely frustrating to deal with injury woes during Australia’s summer period, where a majority of their matches are played at home.
Harris added that the national team’s recently concluded three-Test series against South Africa was an absolute classic since it really was a battle between two of the greatest pace bowling attacks the cricketing world have seen in a long time.
“I haven’t seen anything like it (depth) since the days of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Andy Bichel andMichael Kasprowicz running around,” Harris said. “I hate watching because I want to be playing. I support the guys but this injury has got on my nerves without using words that can’t be printed. I am well down the pecking order now.”
But, Harris is confident that he will be back representing Australia in all three formats within no time at all, despite competition for pace bowlers reaching an all-time high ever since the young trio of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were discovered by the national selectors.
“However, I have come back from rock bottom before,” Harris added. “Michael (Clarke) said ‘get fit and if you are playing well you know you are a chance of being picked’. That is very encouraging. And I know he likes the way I bowl. But I know it will be hard to crack back into the side.”