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    Australia paceman Ryan Harris struck down by virus

    Sydney: Australia paceman Ryan Harris succumbed to a virus and was unable to bowl for Queensland in their Sheffield Shield game on Saturday just weeks out from the Ashes series opener with England. As the Bulls drew with South Australia in the Shield match in Adelaide, Harris became the latest victim of an illness which has disrupted the Queenslanders.

    Harris and five of his team-mates were hampered by a stomach virus during the four-day match.

    Harris batted earlier on Saturday's final day but was unable to bowl, unwilling to risk worsening his condition with the first Ashes Test in Brisbane just 19 days away.

    Queensland coach Stuart Law said Harris should be fit to play against Tasmania in the next Shield game, starting on Wednesday.

    "If we cooked him today, he wouldn't have been right for Wednesday," Law said. And that would have been a disservice not just to him, but to us and Australian cricket."

    Harris was Australia's best bowler in the July-August Ashes series in England taking 24 wickets in four Tests.