Paul Harris to retire

2013-01-08 14:01

Pretoria - Titans' left-arm spinner Paul Harris announced on Tuesday that he will retire from cricket at the end of the 2012/13 season after a 14-year career at first-class level.

"I would like to thank the Titans franchise for all the opportunities that they have given me over the past 10 years," Harris announced at a team meeting.

"I have made many friends through cricket and I have had so many great experiences."

Harris made his first-class debut for Western Province during the 1998/99 season, and joined the Titans in October 2002.

He left the Pretoria side for a short stint at the Highveld Lions in 2009, but returned to the Easterns Titans franchise in the 2010/11 season.

Harris has played over 123 first-class matches, during which he has taken 394 wickets at an economy rate of 2.70.

He represented South Africa in 37 Test matches, taking 103 wickets, and was part of the Proteas team which won Test series in both England and Australia in 2008.

"I would like to thank all the people who have helped me over my career," said Harris.

"A special mention must go to Richard Pybus, who had the biggest coaching influence on my career.

"I am sure that I would not have played for South Africa if it had not been for him.

"I would also like to thank Ian Repton (the Titans' physiotherapist). He really has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me stay on the park over the last 10 years."

Titans' coach Matthew Maynard said he was sad to see Harris retire, but wished the bowler well for the future.

"Paul has been a great ambassador of the game and (has) given tremendous service to the Titans for over 10 years," Maynard said.

"He is respected by his peers and will be missed in the changeroom. We look forward to playing with him until the end of the season."


  • thethird.wors - 2013-01-08 13:17

    fare well thee mate. good guy.

      aubrey.gloster - 2013-01-08 16:04

      What's the diffs between Harris and a Yo-Yo? A Yo-Yo can spin!!!!!

      marcusvandermerwe - 2013-01-08 16:38

      Come one news24'ers. Let's post some rascist and atheist comments. I expect at least a few hundred by tonight.

  • petrus.coetzee.50 - 2013-01-08 14:02

    The only left arm spinner in world cricket to bowl right handed batsmen through the gate consistently, as a result of a lack of turn!

      aubrey.gloster - 2013-01-08 16:06

      The only left arm SLOW BOWLER!! in world cricket to consistently not spin a ball

  • brett.j.pearman - 2013-01-08 14:39

    no great loss to SA cricket

      aubrey.gloster - 2013-01-08 16:07

      One small step for Harris one huge step for Cricketkind!!!!

  • flynn.govender - 2013-01-08 15:10

    I never like Paul as a cricketer, whenever he played test games for SA, he made the game boring by bowling 2 or 3 feet of the leg stump. He could not turn the ball - he is not a spinner at all. I am sure the world of cricket will not miss him.

      aubrey.gloster - 2013-01-08 16:08

      I am sure the world of humans will not miss you!!! Ha ha ha ha ha

      moses.govender.7 - 2013-01-08 19:58

      Agree totally flynn. He should have been ashamed to call himself a 'spinner' when he could not turn the ball!

  • andrew.d.adams.1 - 2013-01-08 15:12

    Its sad to see South Africa's version of a Warne\Murali retire.

      aubrey.gloster - 2013-01-08 16:10

      Yes, a true spinner of Fords and Mazdas

  • steven.crofton - 2013-01-08 15:26

    His role was to tie up an end and he was damn good at it, which is why he played a seriously important part in those away series wins in '08.

      aubrey.gloster - 2013-01-08 16:12

      His role was to tie up his shoes and he was damn good at it, which is why he played a seriously important part in those series wins in '08 when he tied all the opponent batters shoelaces which led to a record number of run-outs!!!!!!!

  • Jacques - 2013-01-08 16:19

    All the best, Harro!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2013-01-08 18:26

      Yeah, all the best to him, he was a real character. His lack of spin wasn't a huge issue to him, he once joked "Some are saying that the only variation I've got is the straight ball". For those who are saying that Thami is the "future keeper" and that his age isn't an issue, he is only two years younger than Harro. Once a player hits 34/5, it can go downhill very quickly. It takes exceptional work to eke out a career to Kallis/Ponting/Tendulkar levels.

  • moses.govender.7 - 2013-01-08 19:02

    Was he still playing? Must have been holding up a spot for a youngster who can actually turn the ball.

  • Aubrey Gloster - 2013-04-08 10:00


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