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Ryan Harris announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Ryan Harris announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Australian fast bowler, Ryan Harris (left), has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, after failing to recover from a recurring knee injury.
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Australian fast bowler, Ryan Harris, has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, after failing to recover from a recurring knee injury.

The news came after the scans, which Harris underwent on his knee recently, revealed that the pacer will be unfit to feature in the upcoming Ashes series. which Australia won convincingly beating New Zealand in final.

The 35-year-old, returned back to competitive cricket in Australia's tour game against Kent, where 

Having played his last Test in January against India in Sydney, Harris underwent a structured fitness plan, to regain full fitness for the much anticipated Ashes series in England. 

Harris’ fitness issues were cited as the reason for his exclusion from the 2015 World Cup squad, as the selectors decided to give him time to get fit for the symbolic Ashes tournament.

However, with his knee trouble becoming persistent, Harris was withdrawn from Australia's second tour game against Essex, where he was replaced by Peter Siddle. 

This will be a big blow for Australia, who haven't won the Ashes series in England since 2001, as Harris' record against England has been phenomenal with 57 wickets in 12 matches, at an average of 16.42. 

With the first Test scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Cardiff, the selectors have named Pat Cummins, as the replacement for Harris.

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