A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Paul Harris announces retirement from international cricket

Harris last represented South Africa in January 2011

South Africa left-arm spinner Paul Harris has announced his retirement from international cricket after having an illustrious career, which spanned for an outstanding 14 years.

Harris represented South Africa in 37 Tests and took 103 wickets at an average of 37.87 with his left-arm spin that reminded so many former players and fans of Nicky Boje, the man he replaced in 2006.

The left-arm spinner played his last Test against India in Cape Town in January 2011, after which he was dropped for leg-spinner Imran Tahir.

Harris began his first-class career with Western Province in 1998 before moving to Northerns in October 2002, where he quickly established a healthy relationship with coach Richard Pybus.

Pybus was exactly the man Harris gave special honours to, stating that he would have never played for South Africa had it not been for him.

“I would like to thank all the people who have helped me over my career,” Harris said. ” A special mention must go to Richard Pybus, who had the biggest coaching influence on my career. I am sure that I would not have played for South Africa if it had not been for him.

“I would also like to thank Ian Repton, the Nashua Titans physiotherapist; he really has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me stay on the park over the last 10 years. A big thank you also goes to my agent and friend, Barney Girnun; he has been there from the start and has always supported me through thick and thin.”

Nashua Titans coach Matthew Maynard was sad to see Harris go, but wished him all the best in the future.

“Paul has been a great ambassador of the game and given tremendous service to the Nashua Titans for over ten years,” Maynard said. “He is respected by his peers and will be missed in the [changing] room.”

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