Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday after he was ruled out of the upcoming Ashes series due to a knee injury. He missed out the practice match against Essex but after diagnosing the injury it was found the damage is quite serious and he will be out of action for a long time. He is already 35 now. He is ranked fourth in the ICC Test bowling rankings but his injury-plagued career made him suffer a lot.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins had replaced him for the series. Harris said, “Given the news I received yesterday, after talking it over with the family, I know it is the right time to step away from Cricket.” “I have played 27 more tests than I ever thought and I have relished every single moment of them.” He started his career on a high after being praised due to his line and length at a good pace. He suffered a major blow in the South Africa tour in 2011 where he injured his hip which forced him to miss the tour but his batting skills and two wickets in the second test helped Australia to win a series at South Africa.
Harris made his test debut against New Zealand at Wellington in March 2010 and played his last test against India at Sydney in December 2014. He played 27 tests for Australia and took 113 test wickets at an average of 23.52. He made his debut after the age of 30 and feature in the list of bowlers who took 100+ wickets making Debut after 30. His best bowling figures in tests were 7/117versus England at Chester-Le-Street in 2013. He also took 5 five wicket hauls in his short career.
He also played 21 ODIs and 3 T20Is in which he took 44 and 4 wickets respectively. His 5/19 was his best in the ODIs. He also took 303 wickets in first class Cricket in 82 matches at an average of 26.55. He had 507 wickets in all forms of cricket which includes First class cricket, List A and T20s along with IPL. He was a prominent member of Australia during the 2013-14 Ashes series where he took 46 wickets across 9 tests.
His 5 wicket hauls are as follows-
7/117 vs England at Chester-Le-Street
6/47 vs England at Perth
5/25 vs England at Sydney
5/62 vs Sri Lanka at Galle
5/72 vs England at Lords.