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Ryan Harris will be rested for the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season, with Australia looking to protect the veteran fast bowler in the lead up to the 2015 Ashes series.
Harris will also miss Australia’s tour of the West Indies in June to be home for the birth of his first child, Cricket Australia confirmed.
The 35-year-old will go into the Ashes without any serious match practice, but will train with the Cricket Australia National Performance Squad over the next few months.
Harris was Australia’s player of the series against England in 2013, and Cricket Australia are determined to have the fiery quick fully fit for the upcoming clash between the old foes.
“With Ryan, our number one priority is to ensure he is 100% fit and available for this winter’s Ashes series,” Cricket Australia’s performance manager Pat Howard said.
“He has had a heavy bowling workload over the past couple of months and actually bowled more balls from November to January this summer than in the corresponding period 12 months earlier.
“It has already been documented that Ryan will miss the tour of the West Indies as his wife prepares to give birth to their first child, and by giving him this structured programme to rehabilitate his knee, improve his physical conditioning and gradually build his bowling workload, we can ensure he is absolutely ready for the Ashes tour.
“Ryan is keen to play as much cricket as he can but he knows his body better than anyone else and he is fully understanding and appreciative of the thought that has gone into this decision. Queensland Cricket is also completely supportive of the decision that has been made with the interests of the national team front and centre, and we are very grateful for everyone seeing that bigger picture.”
Australia are scheduled to play two four-day warm-up matches before the first Ashes Test in Cardiff on July 8.