Dream still alive for Harris

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

THERE is a feel­ing that Ryan Harris’s knee set­back is mi­nor and there are no plans at this stage for the cham­pion Aus­tralian fast bowler to be sent home from the Ashes.

It’s un­der­stood scans sent back to Mel­bourne for ex­am­i­na­tion will show some dam­age but that the sore­ness could be man­aged over the com­ing cou­ple of weeks, in a ma­jor boost to Aus­tralia’s bid to end 14- years of Ashes mis­ery in the UK.

Of­fi­cial re­sults are yet to be con­firmed, but there ap­pears to be a quiet op­ti­mism in the Aus­tralian camp that Harris’s Ashes se­ries is still alive and a dream Test farewell for the vet­eran 35- year- old re­mains on the cards.

Harris was scratched from Aus­tralia’s fi­nal pre- Ashes tour match against Es­sex in Chelms­ford, vir­tu­ally end­ing his chances of play­ing in the first Test at Cardiff and even the sec­ond Test at Lord’s.

D- Day for Harris shapes as Aus­tralia’s next tour fix­ture against Der­byshire, which starts on July 23 in the lead- up to the third Test.

Coach Dar­ren Lehmann has stated that Harris would need to show he can bowl 20 overs an in­nings to be picked for a Test match.

The next chance for Harris to show that would be against Der­byshire, un­less Aus­tralia was to look at op­tions to get him another game some­where else in Eng­land.

Any pos­i­tive news on Harris is good news for Aus­tralia — given the chronic prob­lems with his knee he has en­dured through­out his ca­reer.

The flare- up in Es­sex looked omi­nous, par­tic­u­larly given he im­me­di­ately rushed to Lon­don for scans.

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