Ryan Harris suffering with stomach virus but should play in midweek

Last Updated: 02/11/13 10:22am

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Ryan Harris: Stomach virus no help in Aussie paceman's rehab bid

Ryan Harris: Stomach virus no help in Aussie paceman's rehab bid

Sky Bet

Ryan Harris should be fit to play for Queensland in midweek after succumbing to a virus during their clash with South Australia.

Harris was withdrawn from the Bulls attack on the final day of the match in Sydney but was allowed to bat.

Queensland coach Stuart Law said there was no point in risking the Australia paceman's fitness with less than three weeks before the first Ashes Test against England.

He was Australia's best bowler in the reverse Ashes series in England over the summer, taking 24 wickets after being overlooked for the first Test, but he suffered a hamstring in the final Test at the Kia Oval and has been sidelined for two months.

Harris was the latest victim of a stomach virus sweeping the squad, with five of his team-mates hampered by illness during the four-day match.

"If we cooked him today, he wouldn't have been right for Wednesday (against Tasmania)," Law said.

"And that would have been a disservice not just to him, but to us and Australian cricket."

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