‘I’m hoping to be back for at least the first Sheffield Shield game for Queensland’, says Ryan Harris

"That's my goal; to try and make sure I get enough bowling in before the India series, which I really want to play in"

“That’s my goal; to try and make sure I get enough bowling in before the India series, which I really want to play in”

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Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has announced that he is “hoping to be back for at least the first Sheffield Shield game for Queensland” after undergoing knee surgery in March.

After being ruled out of Australia’s upcoming tour of the United Arab Emirates, Harris stated that he is looking to make his international comeback during the home series against India in December.

“Don’t talk months; I’ve been talking months for a while now,” he told cricket.com.au. “I’m hoping to be back for at least the first Sheffield Shield game for Queensland (starting October 31). That’s my goal; to try and make sure I get enough bowling in before the India series, which I really want to play in.

“You can ask me when I’m aiming to be back, or you can ask the physios and they’ll probably give you a totally different answer.”

It is also understood that Harris started bowling in the nets last week, which is the first time he has had a bowl since March.

Harris also revealed that the opportunity to regain the Ashes in England next year is a big motivation for him at the moment.

“I must admit I’ve had a few thoughts about [when my career would end], but I still want to play,” he said. “If my performances were starting to drop considerably and I wasn’t happy, then I would have said ‘I don’t think I can do it any more’. But I know I can and I want to be part of that team. I’ve played in three Ashes series and lost two of them.

“So I want to have a chance to go over to England next year and defend them and bring them home.”

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