Paul Harris

Country: South Africa
Born: November 02, 1978, Salisbury (now Harare), Rhodesia
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Paul Harris Bio

Paul Lee Harris, a renowned cricket player hailing from South Africa, is a left-arm slow bowler who had a notable career spanning over a decade. Born in Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, Harris displayed his cricketing skills and rose to prominence during his time on the cricket field.

Harris commenced his cricket journey in Cape Town and made his first-class debut in 1998, representing Western Province. However, his progress was hindered due to the presence of talented spinners like Paul Adams and Claude Henderson. Determined to establish himself, he relocated to Northerns in 2002. It was under the guidance of Richard Pybus, the new coach, that Harris began to make a mark. In the 2005/06 SuperSport Series, Harris became the leading wicket-taker, amassing an impressive tally of 49 wickets.

With his exceptional performance, Harris caught the attention of the selectors, and he seemed close to fulfilling his dream of playing for the national team. Unfortunately, he was overlooked for international selection, which left him contemplating his future with South African cricket. He even took a brief hiatus by playing for Warwickshire as a Kolpak player in 2006.

However, Harris’s fortunes changed when fellow spinner Nicky Boje retired from international cricket, disappointed with the treatment of spinners in the country. Harris was subsequently called up for the Boxing Day Test against India in 2006. His unconventional selection marked a departure from the usual South African preference for all-rounders. Despite this, Harris made an impressive debut, taking four crucial wickets in the first innings, including the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar.

The following year, Harris displayed tremendous potential, particularly during the series against Pakistan. In the first Test at Karachi, he secured his maiden five-wicket haul, finishing as one of South Africa’s Players of the Year. However, he struggled to maintain his form in 2008, experiencing a dip in his performance as he averaged 45.04 with the ball.

While Harris faced various challenges throughout his career, none were as significant as the arrival of Imran Tahir, a leg-spinner of Pakistani origin. Tahir’s brief inclusion in the team tested Harris’s place in the squad. Despite touring India, West Indies, and Pakistan, Harris failed to regain his form and was ultimately dropped from the team under Gary Kirsten’s coaching tenure.

Having represented South Africa in 37 Tests, Harris possessed immense talent as a slow left-arm bowler. Although his career had its ups and downs, his contributions were noteworthy, and he participated in key matches against prominent cricketing nations.

In 2012, Harris announced his retirement from professional cricket, drawing a close to his illustrious career. His journey in the cricketing world serves as a testament to his dedication, perseverance, and love for the sport. Today, Paul Lee Harris’s legacy lives on as an influential figure in South African cricket history.

Paul Harris Career Stats

Paul Harris Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 37 48 5 460 46 10.69 1357 33.89 0 0 47 3 16 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 - - - - - - - - - - - 2 0
FC 123 151 22 1762 55 13.65 - - 0 3 - - 49 0
List A 59 17 3 95 20 6.78 157 60.5 0 0 - - 22 0
T20s 25 6 5 9 4* 9 11 81.81 0 0 1 0 5 0

Paul Harris Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 37 63 8809 3901 103 6/127 9/161 37.87 2.65 85.5 3 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 3 180 83 3 2/30 2/30 27.66 2.76 60 0 0 0
FC 123 - 27631 12463 394 7/94 - 31.63 2.7 70.1 - 21 1
List A 59 - 2610 1985 66 5/27 5/27 30.07 4.56 39.5 0 1 0
T20s 25 24 516 616 29 3/18 3/18 21.24 7.16 17.7 0 0 0

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