Harris doesn’t regret pre-Ashes push

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Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris says he has no regrets about trying to get ready for the Ashes, despite injuring himself again and being forced to retire before the series even began.

Harris had undergone knee surgery at the start of the year and was pushing hard to get ready for the current Ashes series, but was injured again in the warm-up match against Kent.

Performance manager Pat Howard has since shouldered the blame for pushing Harris back too quickly, but the paceman says he was very fit and had no qualms about training so hard.

Harris wrote in a Fairfax column: "We all agreed to it – the medical staff, the captain, coach – the plan was to get to England.

"Everything was going to plan until that day in Kent when it fell apart. I was the fittest I'd been, if not ever then for a long, long time.

"I did everything asked of me in the gym and felt unbelievable.

"If you could replace knees and get back to 100 per cent fitness I'd be laughing because the rest of me is going really well. I've got no regrets at all."

As for Harris's future, he's already on the path to coaching, and will lead the Australia under 17 side for the rest of the year, as well as work with the under 19 team.

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