An Achilles tendon injury forced Australian fast bolwer Ryan Harris to return back home from the on-going IPL. Harris, 33, played the first three games of this season of IPL for KXIP. As the full nature of his injury was diagnosed, the KingsXI Punjab administration in consultation with Cricket Australia considered it wise to send him back to Australia to allow his recovery to happen before the Ashes.
It is already being feared that since the 1980's this is the weakest Australian squad that will be touring England. And Harris' injury will only weaken it further. Harris has a history of injuries that has rankled his career thus far and Cricket Australia is likely to see his latest injury with serious eyes. Harris had missed most of the domestic season. However, he was fit on time to play the three Sheffield Shield Games. He bowled magnificently for Queensland taking 19 wickets for them. This performance would have allowed the selectors to give him the nod for the Ashes.
Only the night before the Ashes selection Harris was diagnosed with this injury. If his recovery goes as planned, he might just be ready for the Ashes in time. For now, he has been asked to rest for at least 6-8 weeks. As the Ashes start off on 10th July at Nottingham, here's wishing a quick recovery to the talented Australian bowler.