Sport

Harris's body looking forward to R&R

Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris Lee Constable

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."

Topics:  australian cricket squad, ryan harris


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Feed brain and body will take care of the rest

Psychologist and author on brain nutrition and dealing with female stress, Delia McCabe, talks at Lismore's City Library.

Delia McCabe talks about her new book in Lismore: Feed The Brain.

New Australian film a Goldstone

STARS: Jacki Weaver and David Wenham in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

Detective Jay Swan is back to the big screen

Local musos: Ask Minister Grant for a music grant

OPPORTUNITY: Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has asked NSW musicians to apply for the Opportunity Development Grants Program.

Applications close on Tuesday, September 6.

Latest deals and offers

New Australian film a Goldstone

Detective Jay Swan is back to the big screen with a long list of Aussie stars

Local musos: Ask Minister Grant for a music grant

OPPORTUNITY: Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has asked NSW musicians to apply for the Opportunity Development Grants Program.

Applications close on Tuesday, September 6.

Multiple guns and drugs seized in raid

Guns seized from a property at Ellangowan.

Twp people have been charged following a raid this morning

Guns, bullets, and drugs seized in Northern Rivers raid

Police conduct drug raids in the city and surrounding areas, confiscating an array of drugs, implements used to conceal drugs, and firearms. A number of people are on multiple charges. July 8, 2016

Rural property searched and two people charged.

Search for Lismore’s new supermodel

Senior finalists represented Lismore in the 2015 Tamblyn Model Discovery Grand Final.

Tamblyn Young Model Search held from Thursday at Lismore Square

NORPA brings My Radio Heart back

Performers in the NORPA co-production My Radio Heart, from left, Randolf Reimann, Phoebe Rose, Mathew Daymond, Claudie Frock, Zac Mifsud (sitting), and Lydian Dunbar. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

The piece premiered in 2014 in Lismore

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

New Australian film a Goldstone

STARS: Jacki Weaver and David Wenham in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

Detective Jay Swan is back to the big screen

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Local musos: Ask Minister Grant for a music grant

OPPORTUNITY: Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has asked NSW musicians to apply for the Opportunity Development Grants Program.

Applications close on Tuesday, September 6.

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started