Ex-Black Cap Harris next in Cairns trial

  • 26/10/2015
Ex-Black Cap Harris next in Cairns trial

By Amelia Romanos

Former New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris will be the next cricketing star to grace the witness stand at the Chris Cairns trial in London.

Harris, a Black Cap from 1990 to 2004, is due to appear via video link at the Southwark Crown Court trial at 9:30am on Monday (10:30pm NZT).

Cairns faces a charge of perjury in relation to a 2012 libel case in which he stated that he had "never, ever cheated at cricket".

The prosecution says Cairns was lying to the court, and is seeking to prove that he was involved in fixing matches when he played in the Indian Cricket League.

Harris, who also played in the ICL, is expected to give evidence about two games in which Cairns's behaviour was suspicious.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC has previously told the court that Harris recalls one game in which Cairns scored very low, hit a ball as though to offer a simple catch to the opposition but was dropped, and was eventually run out when he went for "a silly run".

Harris is also expected to describe a match in which it appeared both sides were trying to lose, and how Cairns appeared unhappy when his team eventually won.

Another former New Zealand cricketer, Shane Bond, previously gave evidence about the same match.

"Through the innings, when this batsman was scoring... (Cairns) didn't look happy, and I remember commenting that that didn't look quite right," Bond told the court.

Other current and former professional cricketers who have so far appeared in the trial include Brendon McCullum, Lou Vincent, Ricky Ponting, Kyle Mills and Andre Adams.

NZN