Harris tries his hand at coaching

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Australia's 34-year-old seam bowler Ryan Harris has been appointed as the assistant coach for the national 'A' squad.

<b>Australia's 34-year-old seam bowler Ryan Harris has been appointed as the assistant coach for the national 'A' squad.</b>

Harris, who played a major role in the resurgence of the Australians in the Test arena in the last year, will be on Michael Di Venuto's coaching staff during the Australia 'A' First Class and Limited Overs Series against teams from India and South Africa later this year.

It remains doubtful whether or not Harris will don the Baggy Green again after undergoing knee surgery last month, although he is hopeful of recovering in time for Australia's series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan in October.

"While Harris is expected to use the series as a chance to rehabilitate from his various ailments, it will also provide him an opportunity to hone his coaching skills with an eye to life after cricket," a Cricket Australia press release revealed.

The 21-man Australia 'A' squad has a wealth of experience with several players with Test caps, like Phillip Hughes, Alex Doolan, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins included.

"(We are) especially keen for the potential future international allrounders, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques and Mitchell Marsh to have this opportunity to develop further and enhance their claims," head selector John Inverarity said.

Although Nathan Lyon has established himself as Australia's main spinner, 29-year-old left-armer Steven O'Keefe and Queensland legspinner Cameron Boyce are also included.

"Steven topped the Sheffield Shield bowling aggregate and averages with 41 wickets at less than 21 per wicket," Inverarity added.

"Cameron took 26 wickets with his steadily improving leg-breaks."

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