Australian fast bowling sensation Ryan Harris has had a fortunate twist of fate. He was all set to hang up his boots in the first class scene because of a chronic knee injury when he got a call-up to play in the Ashes.
Harris, who took nine wickets in the Perth Test, has admitted that he considered retiring from first-class cricket on the eve of the Ashes.
Only a month and a half ago, a troubled Harris was so distraught about his ailing knee that he thought seriously about ditching his baggy green dream and turning to one-day and Twenty20 instead.
Harris had revolutionary off-season surgery on his knee but was in agony after his comeback game, a Sheffield Shield match for Queensland against Tasmania in Hobart in early November, that he was close to retiring from Test cricket, The Herald Sun reports.
"Just six weeks ago, I certainly didn't think I'd be anywhere near where I am now. I thought I got my knee right but it really blew up in the game that I played against Tassie. I was worried, Alex (Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris) was really worried," Harris said.
Harris wasn't picked for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, but had a tough but encouraging time in the Adelaide Test.
The 31-year-old was Australia's best bowler on a flat Adelaide track but took nine wickets in Perth Test that cemented hi spot in the team for his first Boxing Day Test.