Sydney: Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has ruled himself out of their crucial Test series against South Africa due to his failure to recover from a shoulder surgery he underwent two months back.
The setback has dealt a major blow to their chances of winning back the top Test team ranking.
Harris was to be used as an impact pace man this summer, having taken 47 wickets at 23 in just 12 Tests, but is now targeting a return for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart from December 14.
“I would love to be able to be back against South Africa, but at this stage, it is pretty unrealistic. It is one of those things I can’t control,” the Herald Sun quoted Harris, as saying to an Australian newspaper.
“I will get back for Queensland and let the rest take care of itself before any Australian stuff,” he added.
A catalogue of knee and foot ailments has made Queenslander Harris listen to his body in an attempt to extend a late blooming Test career.
Harris added: “In theory, I will be up and going in six weeks, but it is an injury, we will not rush. The pain is going, I just have to build confidence now, but believe I can get back well.”
Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus will again be the mainstays of Australia’s Test attack after impressing against India last summer.