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Yorkshire may not have Ryan Harris for whole season

Ryan Harris
Harris has also spent time in English cricket with Sussex and Surrey

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon admits that he is unsure if Ryan Harris will be available to Yorkshire for the whole of the 2010 season.

The Australian all-rounder has signed to become the Tykes' overseas player, but his form this winter means that he may now be needed by his national side.

It will depend whether Harris is on the Aussies' short tour to England in June.

"The way things are he probably won't be available to us for the whole summer," Moxon told BBC Radio Leeds.

"Until Cricket Australia give us an indication on his availability it's just pure speculation.

"We are still trying to find out about Ryan's exact availability.

"Obviously he has had a fantastic season in Australia, so we might not get him for the whole of our season."

After the completion of their current tour to New Zealand later this month, the Aussies are next due back in action at the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in early May.

The weather in the UK was decent last week, but the ground is still too soft

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon

They then come to the British Isles in mid-June for five one-day internationals against England, two Tests against Pakistan at Lord's and Headingley, two Twenty20s at Edgbaston and three tour matches against Ireland, Middlesex and Derbyshire.

And 30-year-old former Sussex and Surrey signing Harris, who has taken 29 wickets in just 12 one-day internationals for Australia this winter, is clearly in the frame.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire are in Barbados for their two week pre-season tour.

During that time the county, captained for the first time by new skipper Andrew Gale, will play in a Twenty20 competition, a 40-over tournament and a couple of two-day friendlies.

"This will serve as excellent outdoor practice for us," said Moxon. "Given that the first Championship game is on 9 April, we need that practice.

"The weather in the UK was decent last week, but the ground is still too soft, so we won't be able to do too much outdoor practice here at the moment.

"So this tour allows us to practise outdoors and actually play some games outside and that's what we need.

"It will also allow us to look at one or two players and where we are at within our own squad.

"There are a few slots still up for grabs in the side, so this gives Galey a chance to look at one or two of those.

"It also lets Galey get some more experience of captaining the side during some practice games and get him in the swing of things."

BBC Radio Leeds will once again provide ball-by-ball commentary of every single Yorkshire game this season online at or Twenty20 matches will also be broadcast on 774 AM.

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