Hopeful Harris psyched for Test rebound

PSYCHED UP: Ryan Harris is battling to come back from injury and regain his spot in the Australian Test team.
PSYCHED UP: Ryan Harris is battling to come back from injury and regain his spot in the Australian Test team. Chris Hyde

CRICKET: In a rare move for him, Australian quick Ryan Harris has consulted a sports psychologist as he attempts to rebound from another injury and salvage his international career.

The injury-ravaged Queenslander's decision to accept help from the Australian cricket team's psychologist Ross Chapman shows his desire to give himself every chance of wearing the baggy green again.

On the Coast this weekend playing for his Brisbane club side Toombul against the Scorchers, Harris said: "I usually don't speak to people like that, but it's been good.

"He (Chapman) sort of called me up and had a chat and sort of delved into the memory and the mind a bit."

The 33-year-old's Test career - which has yielded 47 wickets in 12 Tests at an excellent average of 23.63 - is again in limbo after he had shoulder surgery this year.

He said he hoped to be back in form by the middle of the Big Bash, booking a spot with the Brisbane Heat in late December.

A full recovery could put Harris in the selection mix for Australia's tour of India in February-March and warrant selection for next year's Ashes tour of England.

The affable paceman has only been batting for Toombul this season - and has not bowled competitively since taking 2-19 for the Kings XI in an Indian Premier League Twenty20 against the Daredevils in May.

He resumed nets bowling off a short run on Monday, sending down between 30 and 36 deliveries a session.

"I may or may not have been in the (Test) team, but the fact that I'm not able to try to push to be in the team ... it's hard," he said.

"It's testing but deep down, I know that I can come back from it - I'm going to try everything I can to get back from this."



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