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Harris's body looking forward to R&R

Ryan Harris
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AUSTRALIAN and Queensland paceman Ryan Harris is on a mission.

He's going to enjoy some rest and relaxation for a few months, something his aching body is really looking forward to.

After living out of a suitcase for most of the past year, the 32-year-old is back in his own bed after bowling his heart out in two different parts of the world.

A tour to the West Indies with Australia was followed by a stint playing for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

It was the fourth time Harris has played in the IPL. Unfortunately he didn't enjoy the best of seasons, unlike his first in 2009 when he helped the Deccan Chargers win the tournament.

"I got hit on the calf in the first game, so I had to stay on the sidelines which was so frustrating," Harris said.

Harris only managed to play five games. He captured eight wickets with a best return of 4-34 ... his team eventually finished fifth.

Although he didn't play much, Harris said he loved being part of the IPL.

"There are those who said the tournament is losing its popularity, but I'd disagree," he said. "Most games were a sell-out and as for the atmosphere, well, it was unreal.

"You can't hear yourself think at times. The noise is deafening - there is nothing like it in the world."

As well as the crowds, Harris said he was impressed by some of the young talent on show.

"You're always going to have the international superstars on display, but some of the young Indians coming through are showing a lot of potential," he said.

Talking of changes, Harris said the major one he's seen in the IPL is that franchises no longer throw money around to sign up players at the pre-season auction.

"They don't put it (the money) in one kitty - there are aways extra players around and that comes in handy with players getting injured," he said.

When asked who was the hardest batsman he'd bowled at, Harris wasn't stumped ... Chris Gayle.

"I bowled some good balls to him and he'd smash me," he laughed. "I remember bowling a couple of real tight overs, then he took me for 25 - his power is scary."

Talking of Gayle, the Windies lost a Test series against England last week and Harris said it was a shame not to see the big left-hander in the Test arena, preferring to pocket the big dollars in India.

"What they earn in eight weeks in the IPL would take them five years to earn playing for the Windies," Harris said.
"The Windies are a competitive team and I have no doubt that they would do so much better with players like Gayle back the line-up.

"I really think the ICC should do something to not schedule tours when the IPL is on."

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