Clark calls Harris great bowler
skipper Michael Clarke has praised
bowler Ryan Harris for his
outstanding performance after
their their team's 125-run Test
victory over Sri Lanka in Galle.
Harris claimed 5-62 in Sri Lanka's
second innings, including the
crucial wicket of Mahela
Jayawardene for 105, as the
hosts were dismissed for 253 in
their second innings of the first
Test yesterday, the Sydney
Morning Herald reports.
It was just reward for the
Queenslander, who bowled eight
overs with five maidens but no
wickets in the first innings.
Harris, who contributed
immensely to make it Clarke's first
win as Test captain, has been
branded as 'a great guy to have
in the team' by Clarke.
"What a bowler. What a bloke,"
Clarke said, adding: "A great guy
to have in your team. Will do
anything for the team and at any
stage, give him the new ball, give
him the old ball, even into the
breeze, he doesn't care."
"He loves playing for Australia and
we love having him around,"
Although Harris's injury troubles,
his dodgy knees and an ankle
fracture in last year's Boxing Day
Test, have restricted the 31-year-
old to just six Tests, Clarke said he
was confident that Harris would
continue playing Tests for a
longer period of time.
"He's in pretty good hands I think,
Alex (Kountouris) our physio is a
genius. He manages to keep a lot
of us on the park daily so I'm
really confident we can keep
Rhino (Harris) around for a bit
longer yet," he added.