Paceman Harris rules out for two months

Australia

Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks at least, after picking up a hamstring injury in the fifth Ashes Test, and will thus miss the Champions League Twenty20.

Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks at least, after picking up a hamstring injury in the fifth Ashes Test, and will thus miss the Champions League Twenty20.

Harris, Australia's top bowler during the Ashes and their man of the series, picked up the hamstring niggle at The Oval. It was the latest in a long line of injury setbacks since his debut in 2010.

Harris had initially said he would play through the injury, and was prepared to compete for the Brisbane Heat in the competition that starts in mid-September, but an examination on Thursday nixed that idea.

A statement from Cricket Australia read: "Ryan Harris injured his right hamstring during the latter part of the second innings of the 5th Ashes Test. He had to leave the field and did not return to the game as he was unable to bowl.

"He was assessed after arriving back in Australia today and is expected to be unavailable to play for the next 6-8 weeks."

As for his performance in England, where he finished second on the wicket list with 24 scalps, Harris said he was pleased with his efforts but they didn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, considering England won three-nil.

He concluded: "To get through four tests and perform was good but at the end of the day, the results were bad. The good thing is they come back here in November and we can try and get the urn back then."

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