Sydney: Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has admitted that he feared that his Ashes dreams and his international career were probably over if scans revealed even a small tear in his left Achilles tendon.
The anxious player had had his wife Cherie by his side for a calming influence as he flew to Sydney for medical scans, which, however, delivered a promising Ashes prognosis, as the scans had revealed no tear.
Harris will undergo intensive rehabilitation in Brisbane and should be fit for the start of the Ashes in less than 11 weeks.
Admitting that he was nervous, Harris said that he brought along his wife for the prognosis as she had the ability to calm him, adding that his worst fear was that if the scans had revealed a tear then his Ashes dreams would have gone down the drain.
Harris further said that he had done hours of research on the Internet about tendon injuries and what all the scenarios could be.
The 33-year-old Queenslander may even be fit for some of the Australia A series before the Ashes, although medical staff will probably err on the side of caution given his extensive injury history.