Harris feeling the strain
Aussie quick faces race against time to make Colombo decider
Last Updated: 14/09/11 12:53pm
Harris: Hamstring strain
Australia seamer Ryan Harris looks set to miss the third Test against Sri Lanka after scans revealed he has suffered a minor hamstring strain.
Harris left the field during the final day of the drawn second Test in Pallekele on Monday after complaining of hamstring stiffness.
With just a four-day turnaround before the final Test of the series begins in Colombo on Friday, Australia had hoped for a clean bill of health for their injury-prone right-armer.
But scans revealed on Wednesday the 31-year-old was carrying a slight injury and Harris conceded he was not optimistic of taking his place as Australia aim to wrap up a series they lead 1-0.
"It (the scan) showed there was a minor strain in one of the muscles in my hammy," Harris said.
"It's probably not the news we're after but I'm getting constant treatment. We'll see what happens in the next day or two. There's got to be some doubt because something showed up."
Harris is the leading wicket-taker in the series so far having removed 11 Sri Lanka batsmen at an average of 14.54.
His absence would be a major blow to Australia who will move ahead of Sri Lanka and into fourth place in the ICC's Test rankings should they win the series.
"I'm obviously pretty keen to play but going in I am a risk. If Michael (Clarke) is happy to take me in with a slight risk then I'll give it 100 per cent," he added.
"It's a pretty big game so if not I'll sit out and do as I'm told."