The former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has been named as the bowling coach for the Australia’s series against the South Africa. Harris will join the Australian One Day team for bowling coach, which will kick off in the last week of September.
The 36-year-old Harris retired last year due to injury, just a few days earlier start of the beginning of the 2015 Ashes series. Ryan Harris has played the total number of 27 Test matches between 2010 and 2015.
The Harris will join the Australia’s head coach Darren Lehman and permanent bowling coach David Saker on 25 September as Australia will play the first match against Ireland on 27 September and then, they will head for the South Africa for 5 match ODI series.
Meanwhile, earlier there were rumours that Harris was finalised to take over the role of permanent bowling coach of Australia as the replacement for Craig McDermott, but he lost this place to David Saker.
Harris is currently servicing the National Performance squad in Queensland and earlier, he has coached the Under-19 Cricket Australia XI. Prior to Harris, Adam Griffith and Allan Donald filled the role of bowling coach of Australia for the tour of West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively.
Harris in a recent interaction with the media wing talked about his new role to the Australian Cricket team. Harris told media wing that ” I would love to do the assistant coaching for Australia. And, I would love to work with David as I look up to him as someone who can teach me something about the coaching role.”
Although, it will be not be going to be easy for the Ryan Harris as the duo of the Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood are rested for South Africa series. Also, the likes of James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins and Peter Siddle all are sidelined due to injury.
Meanwhile, for South Africa tour, the name of Kane Richardson is coming forward and there is also the possibility that few uncapped bowlers from Australians domestic circuit will make their debut for Australian in the ODI series against South Africa.
It will be interesting to see, how Harris will come up the new challenge of his life.