Ashes 2013: Australia’s Ryan Harris out for two months

Ashes 2013: Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris is ruled out for up to two months with an Achilles injury

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey

Ryan Harris has given Australia’s selectors an injury scare ahead of this summer’s Ashes after the pace bowler was forced to fly home from the Indian Premier League with an Achilles problem.

Harris is one of five front-line seamers included in the 16-man squad named by Cricket Australia this week for the first of back-to-back Ashes series against England but will face a race against time to prove his fitness for the first Test on 10 July.

The 33-year-old has a long history of injuries and missed the final game of the last Ashes series with an ankle complaint but according to Cricket Australia chief medical officer Justin Paoloni, his latest setback isn’t as bad as first feared.

“Scans showed the injury was not serious and he will undergo intensive rehabilitation with the aim of him being available to take part in the Australia A Series and we expect he will be fit to play in the Ashes,” said Paoloni.

The fast bowler picked up the injury playing for the Kings XI Punjab and returned home after completing his third match.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc, who underwent ankle surgery to remove bone spurs, is on schedule to be ready for the Champions Trophy in June.

“Mitchell Starc is recovering as expected from arthroscopic ankle surgery,” Paoloni added.

“Currently he is meeting all clinical timeframes and with this progress the target is to play ICC Champions Trophy and then the Ashes.”

The Ashes gets underway on 10th July at Trent Bridge.

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