Injured Harris still aims to play in India
CRICKET Australia will have the final say on whether Australia's man of the Ashes, Ryan Harris, will play in the Brisbane Heat's campaign to win next month's $6 million Champions League Twenty20 competition in India.
The bustling Queensland paceman took 24 wickets at 19.58 in four Tests in England, before a hamstring strain forced him off the ground during the host's second innings in the final Test at The Oval.
He had leg scans yesterday afternoon, just hours after arriving home in Brisbane and not long before the Heat named its squad for India.
Although a certainty to be named, it remains to be seen whether Harris goes.
He said he was not too worried about the injury and was fit enough to make the trip with last season's Big Bash League champions.
"It's not as bad as I thought. I'm confident it's not major ... I barely felt it on the trip home," he said.
"There have been discussions whether I should be going because of the injury concerns, but I am going to be bowling here so I might as well do it in a game.
"It's Cricket Australia's call - they are the ones who pay me.
"I have never been to a Champions League and I am hopeful of changing that."
If Harris misses the trip to India, where the winning team will pocket $2.5 million, the 33-year-old says his priority is to make sure he is fit for the first Test of the return Ashes series at the Gabba in November.
"Darren (Australian coach Darren Lehmann) told me he wants me ready for that Test," said Harris, who took career-best figures of 7-117 in the second innings of the fourth Test at Durham.
"I haven't played a Test at the Gabba, so it would be great to play a home Test, but there is a lot of bowling to be done before that side gets selected," Harris said.
"If I make it, I hope there is a lot of grass on it."
The Heat's first game in India is against Trinidad and Tobago on September 22, but the side has already boosted its bank balance by $800,000.
It received $500,000 for qualifying for the event by winning the BBL, and will also pocket $300,000 in compensation because squad members Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson are required for their Indian Premier League teams, which have qualified for the competition.