London: Veteran Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday, just four days before the start of the Ashes.
Ryan Harris. Pic/Getty Images
The 35-year-old had been left out of Australia's final warm-up match against Essex after suffering a recurrence of the knee trouble that has plagued his career.
Scans revealed that his right knee had suffered more damage. "Given the news I received yesterday (Friday), and after talking it over with my family, I know now is the right is the time to step away from cricket," Harris said in a Cricket Australia (CA) statement.
CA added that 22-year-old Pat Cummins has been called up to replace Harris ahead of the first Ashes Test which gets underway on Wednesday.
Harris took 113 wickets in 27 Tests at an impressive average of 23.52 after only making his debut in 2010 at the age of 30. His best figures were 7-117 against England at Chester-le-Street in 2013.
He also played 21 one-day internationals, claiming 44 wickets at an average of 18.90. "I'm pretty lucky, I have had a wonderful career and nothing made me prouder than pulling on the Baggy Green," added Harris.
"I played 27 more Tests than I ever thought I would and I have relished every single moment of them.
"This is a very special team and I know they will do Australia proud in this Ashes Series. I know I will certainly be watching every ball.
"I am lucky enough to have a wonderful family who have supported me through the ups and downs of my career and I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life with them and spending time with my new son Carter."
Australia coach Darren Lehmann described Harris, who started his career in South Australia, as one of the most talented players he has worked with.
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Ryan Harris' ODI average. The right-arm pacer took 44 wickets in 21 games
The number of wickets taken by Ryan Harris in 27 Tests at an average of 23.52
Steve Smith @stevesmith49: Retires with an incredible record for Australia. You should be really proud of everything you have achieved @r_harris413 U R a class act!
Matt Prior @MattPrior13: Loss of Ryan Harris is a massive blow to the Aussies. The role he played in the last Ashes took huge pressure off MJ & the rest. Big loss!
Robin Uthappa @robbieuthappa: Congratulations @r_harris413 on a fantastic career. #Ashes
Tom Moody @TomMoodyCricket: Congrats @r_harris413 you'll be missed, a pace bowler right from the top draw & equally good bloke. 27 Matches 113 Wkts 23.5 Ave. #Class
Aaron Finch @AaronFinch5: Sad news that Ryan Harris has had to retire..amazing bowler and brilliant bloke..
Tim Bresnan @timbresnan: Gutted to see another of the fast bowling fraternity have to retire.Always a great competitor and beautiful to watch
David Warner @davidwarner31: One of my favourite memories of @r_harris413 running mad after the last wicket to win the series in SA. #rhino
Glenn McGrath @glennmcgrath11: Sorry to hear your knee hasn't recovered Rhino but congrats on everything you've achieved. Well done mate, you'll be missed. @r_harris413
Fawad Ahmed@bachaji23: It was an absolute pleasure that I played with this legend.. What a great Cricketer and a great human being... We will miss u Ryno
Michael Vaughan @MichaelVaughan: Ryan Harris IMO was Australia's most dangerous threat in English conditions... #Ashes