Ryan Harris has capped off his long journey from injury with a recall to the national squad for the VB Tour of England.
Commenting on the selection, National Selector John Inverarity said, “He came back strongly at the end of the season and did so well in the Shield Final.”
“He’s a very highly regarded bowler.”
Harris underwent shoulder surgery last year and missed a majority of the 2012-13 season. He made his return in February and made an immediate impact, guiding the Queensland Bulls to victory in the RYOBI One-Day Cup Final with a Man of the Match performance.
Harris’ progress continued as Queensland booked their place in the Bupa Sheffield Shield Final at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. He led the Bulls attack with seven wickets for the match but, more importantly, he was able to bowl 54 overs across the five days without breaking down.
In that Shield Final, Harris bowled a blistering spell that showed he could still bowl at an elite level. He took four wickets, including the key wickets of Ricky Ponting and George Bailey, in the space of a few overs to give his side a chance of an unlikely victory.
Having struggled with injuries throughout his career, Harris has only managed to represent his country in 12 Tests. However, his record in those matches is world-class with 47 wickets at an average of 23.63.
With English conditions likely to suit Harris’ bowling, expect him to be a key factor in Australia’s quest to win back the Ashes.
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First Posted 24 April, 2013 12:09PM AEDT