Get the app

Harris pulled himself out of Boxing Day Test

Ryan Harris feared that he would get injured again and leave his side a bowler short during the match.

December 22, 2011, 7:52 PM IST
Harris pulled himself out of Boxing Day Test

Sydney: Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris admitted that he pulled himself out of content_cnion for the Boxing Day Test against India, fearing that he would get injured again and leave his side a bowler short during the match.

"To be honest, I don't reckon I could get through a Test match at the moment. I spoke to Andy Bichel and he asked me how I was feeling. I said I probably lacked getting through that intensity, rhythm and fitness," said Harris.

Recalling last year's Boxing Day during the Ashes, when he broke down while bowling his 29th over, Harris said: "What happened last year? I have been trying to forget it, I started one (Test) last year then fell in a heap. Personally, I can't afford to break down again. And being a bowler short in a Test match is pretty poor."

"I dream of playing a Boxing Day Test (and) I was pretty keen to play this game -- but only if I was 100 per cent," Harris was quoted as saying by The Australian.

Harris injured his hip in the first Test against South Africa last month and has struggled throughout his short career to play back-to-back games.

India, too, goes into the crucial Test match with its bowlers battling hard to stay fit. Strike bowler Zaheer Khan who suffered an hamstring injury in England, has only played a handful of domestic games since recovering.

Lanky pacer, Ishant Sharma, left the field in the first practice match against the Australian Chairman's XI in Canberra due to an ankle injury, was not picked for the second warm-up game. However, with the Australian team's consent Sharma was given permission to bowl four overs in the second innings.

Zaheer seemed happy with his workout yesterday, despite reports he was not bowling at full pace early in the match.

"I want to be the factor which makes the difference as there are so many expectations on me," he said.

"The way I see it, it all worked out perfectly fine, because I had a four-month break so I could prepare well for this series."

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
see more