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Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris has called time on his international career, citing his chronic right knee problem as the reason behind his decision.
Harris opted to hang up his boots for good after aggravating his knee injury prior to the second and final warm-up game against Essex.
The 35-year-old was sent for two scans after injuring his knee again and it was revealed that he would be not be fully fit for the upcoming Ashes series against England, which starts on July 8 in Cardiff.
“Given the news I received yesterday, and after talking it over with my family, I know now is the right time to step away from cricket,” Harris said. “I’m pretty lucky, I have had a wonderful career and nothing made me prouder than pulling on the Baggy Green.
“I played 27 more Tests than I ever thought I would and I have relished every single moment of them.”
Harris, who will be replaced by Pat Cummins, represented Australia in 27 Tests and took 113 wickets at an average of 23.52. He also played 21 ODIs and claimed 44 wickets at a brilliant average of 18.90.
“Ryan always gave it his all for his country and he epitomises everything the baggy green stands for,” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said. “His never-say-die attitude was his signature as he left absolutely nothing on the field each time he played and I think that is something for which he should be incredibly proud.
“His beautiful wife Cherie and his new son Carter, his dad Jim, his late mum Gai and his brother Gavin will be so proud of him and what he has achieved and the legacy he leaves behind. The team and I are certainly very proud of everything he has achieved on and off the field and we wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do next.”