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Ryan James Harris (born 11 October 1979) is an Australian cricket coach and former cricketer.

Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris 2014 (cropped).jpg
Harris in 2014
Personal information
Full nameRyan James Harris
Born (1979-10-11) 11 October 1979 (age 40)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NicknameRyno,[1] Ryano[2]
Height1.81[3] m (5 ft 11 in)
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 413)19 March 2010 v New Zealand
Last Test6 January 2015 v India
ODI debut (cap 169)18 January 2009 v South Africa
Last ODI24 February 2012 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.45
Domestic team information
2001/02–2007/08South Australia (squad no. 24)
2008/09–2014/15Queensland (squad no. 45)
2009–2010Deccan Chargers (squad no. 7)
2011–2013Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 45)
2011/12–2013/14Brisbane Heat (squad no. 45)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 27 21 81 85
Runs scored 603 48 2,047 411
Batting average 21.53 8.00 20.26 12.84
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 0/11 0/0
Top score 74 21 94 39
Balls bowled 5,736 1,031 16,207 4,135
Wickets 113 44 299 123
Bowling average 23.52 18.90 26.53 27.59
5 wickets in innings 5 3 10 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 7/117 5/19 7/60 5/19
Catches/stumpings 13/– 6/– 40/– 33/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 January 2015

He was a right-arm fast-medium bowler who was a member of the Australia national cricket team until retiring in the Ashes tour lead up of 2015 due to a knee injury. It had hampered him for a majority of his career, but despite this, he performed as one of Australia's most highly rated fast bowlers. [4]


Harris in 2014
Ryan Harris bowls Morne Morkel to secure victory and a series win in the 3rd Test at Cape Town in March 2014.

Ryan Harris played with the Southern Redbacks from 2001–02 to 2007–08. He was due to represent Sussex County Cricket Club in the 2008 English summer but the deal fell through when he moved to Queensland because it breached his Sussex contract. A week earlier he had played a first-class match for Sussex against the Marylebone Cricket Club. In June, 2009, he was signed by Surrey on a short-term contract,[5] while in 2010 he played domestic cricket for Yorkshire.[6]

Harris moved to Queensland in 2008 and played for Toombul District Cricket Club in Brisbane.[7]

Harris was a part of the Deccan Chargers squad that won the IPL in 2009 in South Africa. In late 2008, he was signed to an Indian Premier League contract with the Deccan Chargers, who are coached by his former Redbacks teammate Darren Lehmann. Having been selected for the Australian Twenty-20 team in early 2009, he was directly signed as an "uncapped" player by the Deccan Chargers, at the behest of Lehmann, without having to go through the standard IPL player auction process.

Harris made his international debut in a One Day International against South Africa in Hobart on 18 January 2009, during which he took the wicket of Neil McKenzie in a spell of 1/54.[8] Nevertheless, he was not selected for another ODI for over a year. on 26 January 2010, Harris was called up into the Australian squad for the 3rd ODI against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval as cover for Peter Siddle, who was ruled out due to a back injury. Although not required to bat, Harris opened the bowling with Doug Bollinger and took 5/43, including the wickets of Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi.[9] He claimed man of the match honours and was picked for the 4th and 5th ODIs against Pakistan. In the next match in that series, Harris claimed 5/19, a second consecutive five wicket haul,[10] behind only following Waqar Younis' three consecutive five-fors.

Harris was named the man of the series after securing another three wickets in the fifth and final match, taking his tally to 13 wickets in three matches, at an average of 8.15 and strike rate of 13.7.[11]

In March 2010, Harris was called up to the Australian squad for the first time, for the Test series in New Zealand. He made his Test debut in the first game, taking 2/42 and 4/77.[12] In the 2nd Test, Harris took 3/50 and 0/38.[13] A knee injury later ruled him out of the Tests against Pakistan in England and the subsequent tour to India,[14] but he was recalled to the Test squad for the 2nd Test against England at Adelaide in December 2010.[15] At Adelaide, Harris had the best figures for the Australian bowlers, taking 2/84 in a match that England won by an innings and 71 runs,[16] however in the 3rd Test at Perth, Harris took 3/59 in the first innings and then 6/47 in the second, as Australia levelled the series.[17]

During 2011, Harris was a member of the Australian side that toured Sri Lanka and South Africa. He took 11 wickets in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka before suffering a hip injury against South Africa in Cape Town.[18][19] He returned to the Australian side for the third and fourth Tests of the home series against India, taking match figures of 2/67 and 4/112 respectively as Australia won the series 4–0.[18]

During the 2013 Ashes series Harris was overlooked for the first test against England at Trent Bridge but returned to the side for the second at Lord's, picking up 5 wickets in the first innings to go on the Lord's honours boards and 2 in the second innings.[citation needed] Following this he finished the fourth Test in Durham with 2 wickets in the first innings and 7 in the second innings. During the 3rd test match against South Africa, he took his 100th test wicket when he trapped Alviro Petersen leg before wicket. This made him one of only four test bowlers, who made their test debut after the age of 30, to take 100 test wickets. The other three are Clarrie Grimmett, Dilip Doshi and Saeed Ajmal. He is the only fast bowler to do so.

In March 2014 it was announced that Harris would be out for about six months following knee surgery.[20] He announced his retirement from cricket in July 2015, three days before the start of the Ashes.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Harris is a dual citizen of the UK and Australia, due to his father being born in Leicester. He revealed during the 2013 Ashes of how he almost opted playing for England.[22]

Harris lives with his wife Cherie, whom he married in 2012, in Brisbane. In 2015, the couple had their first child; Harris missed the 2015 West Indies tour to be present at the birth.[23]


  1. ^ Ronay, Barney (19 July 2013). "The Ashes 2013: Ryan 'Rhino' Harris gives Australia first blood". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Cricinfo profile". Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Ryan Harris". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  4. ^ ICC (10 September 2015). "ICC Player Rankings". ICC Development (International) Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Surrey sign Ryan Harris". Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  6. ^ Cricket (15 October 2009). "Australian paceman Ryan Harris joins Yorkshire". Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Ryan Harris". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Scorecard: 3rd ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, 26 January 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Scorecard: 4th ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Perth, 29 January 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Scorecard: 5th ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Perth, 31 January 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Scorecard: 1st Test: New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, 19–23 March 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  13. ^ "Scorecard: 2nd Test: New Zealand v Australia at Hamilton, 27–31 March 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  14. ^ English, Peter. "Peter George to replace Ryan Harris in Test squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  15. ^ English, Peter. "Bollinger and Harris added to Test squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  16. ^ "Scorecard: 2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, 3–7 December 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Scorecard: 3rd Test: Australia v England at Perth, 16–19 December 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  18. ^ a b "Statistics / Statsguru / RJ Harris / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  19. ^ "Harris poised for Test return". ABC News. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Australia's Ryan Harris out for six months after knee surgery". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris out of Australia's tour with knee injury, retires from Test cricket". ABC News. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  22. ^ "The Ashes 2013: 'I might have been playing for England' – Ryan Harris 19 July 2013". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Ryan Harris set to miss West Indies tour for birth of child 12 January 2015". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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