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Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has agreed to become the bowling mentor of the Queensland Bulls and the Brisbane Heat as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
In addition to Queensland and the Brisbane Heat, Harris will also be a bowling mentor for the Queensland Fire and Queensland’s elite youth teams.
Queensland and Brisbane Heat head coach Stuart Law was pleased to welcome Harris aboard and even stated that there is a chance he could represent the Heat in this year’s Big Bash League (BBL). However, that will only be possible if he has fully recovered from knee surgery.
“Ryan will complement the good work of our existing bowling coach Chris Swan and our other specialist support staff, and supplement the elite coaching our young bowlers are receiving,” Law said. “He’s shown already that he is keen to look at moving into coaching when he finishes his playing career and we see this role as an important part in his professional development, as well as beneficial for us.
“He’s a wonderful example to young bowlers about what it takes to be the best and it will be great to tap into his passion and determination, as well as his insights into playing the game.
“From the Heat’s perspective, having Ryan working with the likes of Nick Buchanan, Mark Steketee, Alister McDermott and Cameron Gannon is a real win.
“If a Shane Watson or Mitchell Johnson is unavailable due to national commitments and Ryan was available, then he could come into the team as a player during BBL|04.
“Of course that would be a bonus if it happened – all things being equal, we would expect him to be involved with the Australian side for much of the summer.”
Harris noted that he is grateful to be entrusted with such a highly esteemed position, and added that he is keen to help groom the next generation of pace bowlers.
“I was fortunate when I was coming through in my days in South Australia and then Queensland that I had some fantastic advice and help from other bowlers and bowling coaches,” he said. “Blokes like Jason Gillespie and Brett Swain in SA and Joey Dawes and Andy Bichel with the Bulls were great to work with.
“Hopefully I can help with the current crop of pace bowlers and also assist with the development of the next generation of quicks.”