Ryan James Harris is a former Australian cricketer. He was born on October 11, 1979 in Nowra, New South Wales, Australia and was a right-arm fast-medium bowler and a right-handed batsman.
He had sublime accuracy with the ball and troubled the batsmen with his sharp line and lengths.
Harris started his career playing for the Southern Redbacks in the 2001-02 Australian domestic season.
After starting his career with South Australia, Harris moved onto Queensland and played for them until the end of his domestic career. He played county cricket for Sussex and Surrey in the 2008 and 2009 seasons respectively.
In the IPL, Harris played for the Deccan Chargers for two years and was part of the 2009 winning team. He then played for Kings XI Punjab from the year 2011 to 2013.
Harris made his international debut in an ODI match against South Africa in Hobart on 18 January 2009. He didn’t perform as per the expectations and took just one wicket for 54 runs.
He was later dropped from the ODI team for almost a year. In March of 2009, he was called up for the Test series against New Zealand, where he picked up two and four wickets in the first and the second innings respectively.
Rise to glory
On 26 January 2010, Harris was called up into the Australian squad for the 3rd ODI against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval as a replacement for the injured Peter Siddle. Harris seized his opportunity, as he picked up five wickets in his comeback match.
He continued his excellence in the following two matches of the series by taking eight more wickets. He was adjudged the Man of the series for taking 13 wickets in three matches with an impressive average of 8.15.
In the 2013 Ashes series, Harris took five wickets in an innings at the Lord’s test and had his name in the Lord’s Honours board.
Stats and Records
Harris took 113 wickets in 27 Test matches with five five-wicket hauls at an average of 23.52. He also scored three half-centuries in Tests.
He had 44 wickets to his name in just 21 ODIs with three five-wicket hauls and a meager economy rate of 4.84.
In March 2014 it was announced that Harris would be out for about six months for his knee surgery. He hung his boots in July 2015, three days before the start of the Ashes.