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Ryan Harris Denies Retirement Speculation

Ryan Harris Denies Retirement Speculation
Ryan Harris who has been plagued by injuries denied contemplating retirement after the Ashes series this year.
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Australian pacer Ryan Harris, who has been plagued by injuries, has denied contemplating retirement after the Ashes series this year.

Having been ruled out of Australia’s tour of West Indies in June due to a recurring knee injury, Harris is optimistic about playing all the way into the summer season back home.

“My goal is to get back and play here in Australia, but again that's a long way off," Harris told Cricket Australia's website.

"Hopefully there's five Tests in a row in England first, let's get through them, and see how I'm going."

The 35-year-old broke down after the South African tour last year consequently undergoing a knee surgery.

His return in the home series against India last summer saw him play three of the four Tests in that series before being sidelined once again.

Harris’ fitness issues were cited as the reason for his exclusion from Australia’s World Cup squad with the selectors having an eye on the Ashes series.

Despite being troubled by injuries, Harris remains unfazed about the upcoming Ashes series and is confident of putting up a good show.

Although Australia haven’t won a series in England since 2001, Harris exuded confidence of breaking the jinx this time around.

"I've been retired three or four times over in the last five years, so I'm looking to England now," Harris said of his fitness battles.

"We haven't won over there for a long time and hopefully we can turn that around this time."

Harris believes his experience in the county circuit over the years will help him to adjust to the pitches in England at the earliest.

Dwelling on the conditions in England, Harris opined that the movement on offer will aid the Australian attack during the series.

"I've played a lot of cricket over there.

“The concepts are all pretty much the same no matter what league you play in, that's to bowl a fuller length and get them playing as much as possible.

"The ball swings and that suits me pretty well and suits our whole bowling attack really.”

Harris was Australia’s leading wicket-taker during his side’s previous visit to England in 2013, a series that the hosts won comfortably by a 3-0 margin.

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