‘I’m already looking forward to hopefully getting back for the Pakistan tour’, says Ryan Harris

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“I just want to do whatever I can now to keep playing in this team and enjoying the success that we’ve been working so hard to get to”

Following successful knee surgery, Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris announced that he is determined to make his international return when the national team tour Pakistan in October.

Despite his chronic knee issues, Harris believes that his international career is far from over.

“It’s nowhere near my career over,” Harris said. “I did this to prolong it more than anything. My knee is damaged – probably a little bit more damaged than the last time they went in a few years ago. But it’s still a good knee. After what I’ve put up with in the last few weeks, I can probably put up with just about anything now. I’m already looking forward to hopefully getting back for the Pakistan tour. That’s my goal, and a very realistic goal.

“It’s feeling better today and yesterday than it felt before I went in. It’s good relief. A couple of days after the last win and when I got home it was actually quite painful. It’s been cleaned out, which is what I’ve been waiting for for a while. There was a fair bit in there. I saw a couple of pictures of quite big pieces of cartilage. They were a lot bigger than what I thought they were going to be.”

Harris also admitted that he may need serious knee surgery when he decides to retire, but for the time being, he has asked his surgeon, David Young, to prolong his career as much as possible.

“I’ve already told the surgeon just keep me on the park for another two or three years and we’ll worry about that later,” Harris said. “I’ll give him his money later, it’s already guaranteed. I probably am [going to need a replacement] at some stage. But again I just want to do whatever I can now to keep playing in this team and enjoying the success that we’ve been working so hard to get to.”

Harris also revealed that he spoke to Young about whether he should have surgery immediately after the third Ashes Test against England in Perth or whether he could postpone going under the knife until after the tour of South Africa.

“He was probably more the one that said to wait,” Harris said. “He wanted to see me play out here in a Boxing Day Test and finish the series, and then South Africa. He along with [team doctor] Peter Brukner and [physio] Alex Kountouris have been amazing throughout this whole thing. They’ve kept me going and to have those series wins under our belt as a team is fantastic.”

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