Groin injury worry for Harris as he misses Lions tour

Glamorgan are hoping seam bowler James Harris will be fit for the start of the county season after the 21-year-old missed out on the England Lions tour of Bangladesh next month.

Harris has sustained a recurrence of a groin injury while training with the England Performance Programme in Potchefstroom in South Africa.

After extensive treatment and assessment by the EPP medical staff, and in conjunction with Glamorgan, it was felt not in Harris’s best interests for him to be included in the England Lions tour party, which does feature former Welsh county batsman Tom Maynard.

The Lions have not ruled Harris out of the second leg of the tour to Sri Lanka but Glamorgan are looking for him to be in for the start of the county season as a priority.

“We are very disappointed for James to miss out on a tour place with the England Lions, especially after having enjoyed another successful summer with Glamorgan,” said the county’s managing director of cricket Colin Metson.

“It is important that James now works with the Glamorgan and England medical staff to get himself fit for the start of the 2012 season.”

In 2011 Harris took 44 LV County Championship wickets at 26.95 and, still at a young age, is now one of the most consistent new ball bowlers on the domestic circuit.

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