London, July 4 (ANI): After battering with his right knee injury, Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has finally given up and announced his retirement from international cricket, thus giving a huge blow to his side ahead of the first Ashes Test.
Pacer Pat Cummins would come in as his replacement in the Australian squad for the upcoming Ashes.
Harris, who had surgery on his right knee last year, missed Australia’s final warm-up game at Essex before the first Test against England, which starts in Cardiff on July 8, the BBC reported.
He has been battling with injuries throughout his career and missed Australia’s tour to the West Indies before their arrival in England.
Harris, who made his Test debut in 2010, took 113 wickets in 27 Test matches and 44 in 21 one-day internationals.
It is almost certain that Australia will go with the left-arm pair of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc for the opening Test in the absence of Harris.
Cummins, who is coming in as his replacement, took seven wickets on his Test debut against South Africa in 2011, but has not played a Test since then due to injuries. (ANI)