The Ashes: Ryan Harris shrugs off injuries to avenge agony

Harris emerged as a new ball threat for Australia, after belatedly marking his Test debut aged 30, with six wickets against New Zealand in 2010. But since then the 33-year-old has been plagued by a series of injuries including a chronic knee problem that will be with him until he retires.

updated: July 18, 2013 18:39 IST
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London: Just two-and-a half-years ago, Australia's quest to regain the Ashes left Ryan Harris at the lowest ebb of his cricket career. (Live Blog - 2nd Test, Day 1)

But the injury-hit pace bowler finally put those painful memories to rest with a devastating spell that had England reeling on the opening day of the second Test at Lord's on Thursday.

Harris took two wickets, including the prized scalp of Kevin Pietersen, in front of a capacity crowd featuring Queen Elizabeth II, in the process giving Australia renewed hope of regaining the Ashes.

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