'Injury-prone' Oz fast bowler Harris hell-bent on playing lucrative IPL ahead of Ashes

Sydney, Mar 28 : Injury-prone Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is set to play in the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to keep up his bowling momentum ahead of the all important Ashes series this year.

Harris will jet out on Monday to play for the Kings Punjab XI and the thought of the big-hearted fast bowler with his long injury history heading to the IPL is sure to give Cricket Australia (CA) officials a few more grey hairs, reports.

The 33-year-old Queenslander is back to being close to the best bowler in Australia and shapes as a must-have Ashes player if he stays fit and after bowling 143 overs in three Shield matches over the past three weeks, including 54 overs in the grueling Shield final draw against Tasmania, Harris admits he is exhausted and has painful foot blisters.

However, Harris insists he would certainly play in the IPL not for the financial gains but for staying physically fit ahead of Ashes.

Harris said he has to go to the IPL, adding he would rather go and bowl and train over there than just sit down.

Harris added he is bowling or doing rehab for a week and he struggles to get up and going again, adding it would take him a month or more to get going strong again and he has to keep going now.

The all rounder said he is pretty lucky the IPL is coming up and he will still be bowling there and still moving, adding he is not going to have a big break and have to start up again, which would have been tough.'

Harris feels he is back to near his best after taking 7-139 off 54 overs in a huge performance in the final.

--ANI (Posted on 28-03-2013)

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