Blue collar bowler who gets the job done
If he was as durable as he is effecttive, then Ryan Harris would be the owner of an even more enviable international record than he currently boasts.
Despite, or perhaps because of, his burly frame and give-his-all nature his late-blooming career has been regularly derailed by injuries.
He has battled knee, hip, ankle and shoulder ailments but while it took him almost four years to wrack up 16 Test appearances, they netted him an impressive 71 Test wickets at an average of just over 22, numbers that underscore his value and potency.
Harris is also a more than handy lower order batsman with a Test half century to his name, and his reliability in the field belies his heavy-set stature. It’s a physique that provides an immediate clue as to his temperament.
He relishes the chance to take the fight to opposition batsmen, and simply refuses to consider the option of giving up. If only his body would heed that message.