Harris gets first coaching gig with youth side


Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has taken the first proper step on his path to a coaching career, and will mentor the Under 17 Cricket Australia XI during the Under 19 Championships.

Harris will be watching the cream of the teenage crop during a two-week Under 17 tournament in October, and from there he will help pick the CA XI that will take part in the older age group event.

Harris retired from playing ahead of the most recent Ashes, as his knee injury prevented him from making a full comeback after he had surgery at the start of the year. Coaching was instantly suggested as a new route for him.

Harris said on the CA website: "Since I've been home (from the UK) and had the operation on my knee I haven't been watching any cricket at all.

"For me it's good to come out and see these guys and get to know these guys and who I'm going to be coaching in the Under-19 championships.

"(Being involved in cricket) is what I want to do. I want to stay involved, so for me to get out here wasn't hard at all.

"It's good to be able to come out and look at things in a different way, in a coaching way and look at different techniques and different guys, the way they play.

"It's a very exciting time for me."