Ashes Australia's Ryan Harris a doubt for first Test

Australia seamer Ryan Harris is a doubt for the first Ashes Test against England after complaining of soreness to his knee.

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Australia's Ryan Harris a doubt for first Ashes Test play

Australia's Ryan Harris a doubt for first Ashes Test

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Ryan Harris' chances of playing in the first Ashes Test against England next week appear to be slim after the seamer was ruled out of Australia's final warm-up match against Essex with a knee injury.

The 35-year-old took four wickets in the match after a six-month absence when the tourists beat Kent in their penultimate game before the Ashes.

Harris was unable to press his claims for a place in the side for the series opener at Cardiff against Essex, though, as he pulled up suffering from knee soreness at Chelmsford on Wednesday.

Peter Siddle was given the chance to get some overs under his belt in the absence of Harris, who underwent knee surgery last March but said he was in "unbelievable shape" ahead of the Ashes.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann had hinted ahead of the Kent match that Harris could miss the first Test as he looked "a little bit short of a gallop".

Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson could get the nod in the Welsh capital along with spinner Nathan Lyon.

Harris has a fine record against England, with the veteran having taken 57 wickets in 12 matches versus Australia's rivals at an average of 20.63.

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