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Injured Harris eyes 2007 Cup

29/12/2004 08:41:24 PM Comments (0)

Chris Harris will be laid up for the next five or six months but New Zealand's most capped one-day cricket international has not surrendered his dream of playing in the 2007 World Cup.

If anything, the shoulder injury he suffered in Sydney earlier this month has hardened his resolve to be in the New Zealand team for the next World Cup in the West Indies.

"The next World Cup is still definitely an aim," Harris said.

"This forced break might make that dream even more possible. I'm very keen to continue with the goals I had before the injury."

Harris damaged his right shoulder when diving in the field during the Chappell-Hadlee one-dayer against Australia on December 8, his 250th one-day international.

"That was the one disappointing thing for me, that it was my 250th game. It wasn't how I imagined things would happen," he said.

Although the tear in his shoulder was more serious than at first thought, Harris said surgeon Ian Penny was delighted how smoothly the operation had gone.

"I like to think I'm a fast healer and the New Zealand season ends in a couple of months any way," he said.

"I miss 10 one-dayers (against Sri Lanka and Australia) and that's disappointing, but it's not the end of the world."

Harris said his setback could be put into context by the misfortune suffered by others, and he extended his sympathy to the Sri Lankan tourists, whose homeland has been devastated by the tsunami.

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