Ryan Harris to join Australia's coaching staff for South Africa tour

AFP, Sep, 02 2016

Sydney: Former Test fast bowler Ryan Harris will join Australia's coaching staff for this month's tour of South Africa, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

File photo of Ryan Harris. AFP

File photo of Ryan Harris. AFP

Harris, 36, will work as a bowling coach alongside newly appointed team assistant coach David Saker.

Harris, who took 113 wickets in 27 Tests as a swing bowler, retired last year with persistent knee problems, and was Australia's Under-19 coach last season.

"It's great experience to learn from David Saker and Darren Lehmann, I'm really just going to sit back and watch and learn," Harris said.

"Eventually I'd like to work my way to the top and become a bowling coach of the Australian team one day. Just like playing, you have to earn your stripes and learn the ropes."

Head coach Lehmann said he was excited to have Harris on board in a coaching role.

"It's a win-win having two experienced coaches in Ryan and David Saker being able to nurture our young group and we expect a positive response both on and off the field," Lehmann said.

Australia's tour of South Africa comprises one ODI against Ireland and five ODIs against South Africa, beginning on 27 September.

Published Date: Sep 02, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 02, 2016

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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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