Just when it was beginning to look good for Ryan Harris again, it seems set to go downhill once more.
The Australian fast bowler has been a revelation in the ongoing Ashes 2010 down under. After suffering injuries that put him on a long lay off, Ryan Harris has been one of the saving grace for Australia as they seem destined to lose the Ashes to England in over two decades.
Harris suffered an ankle injury, a stress fracture, on the morning of the third day of the fourth Test of the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a set back for Australia not from the immediate point of view but from the perspective of a possible ICC Cricket World Cup berth.
Harris will reportedly have to undergo surgery on the ankle and the blow for Australia will be tremendous given that Mitchell Johnson has been blowing hot and cold as have some of the others such as Peter Siddle and Australia are really struggling for consistency. To then have Harris return from injury has been a boon that has now been cruelly snatched away from them.
As Australia have all but lost the Ashes as of stumps on the third day of the fourth Test, Harris’ absence in the fourth Test will be felt from the point of view that Australia will lose a wicket taking option. But from the perspective of the World Cup, Ricky Ponting, would have loved the services of the bustling fast bowler as Australia will defend their three time successive winners status as Ponting makes a desperate bid for the captaincy.