That’s what cricketers always say, as if they received some mystical message from the cosmos informing them it was ‘time’.
Ryan Harris has retired because he’s broken his leg by bowling with a knee devoid of cartilage. You might therefore think it was ‘time’ slightly before now, but apparently not.
Harris himself implied that he took the hint after getting a medical opinion.
“My surgeon David Young, he didn’t say in as many words that I should retire but he said it was going to be very hard.”
However, the key element here is actually the term ‘my surgeon’. Professional sportsmen should not have surgeons.
‘My postman’ makes sense in that it is a service from which you regularly benefit. ‘My barber’ works for the same reason. If you are undergoing surgery frequently enough that the person undertaking the work is basically kept on retainer, you should be in a hospital, not a sports ground.
Harris then gave an insight into the self-destructive tendencies that have allowed his body to reach this point.
“I nearly blew my head up yesterday thinking there’s got to be a way I can get past this again.”
Quite what cranial detonation would have achieved is anyone’s guess, but you can only give him full marks for his commitment to playing Test cricket.