Cricket Australia have confirmed that seam bowler Jhye Richardson will stay back in South Africa with the ODI squad. Richardson, 23, firstly listed only in the T20I team, hasn’t represented international cricket for Australia for 11 months after sustaining a severe shoulder injury after the series upon Pakistan last March.
Richardson experienced a prolific BBL, plucking 15 wickets from 14 games for Perth Scorchers at an economy of 7.07. He hasn’t participated in the T20Is as though but Australia’s selector has been excited with his rehabilitation and believes he can replicate the form that designated him as vivacious prospect ahead of last year’s World Cup.
Trevor Hohns: Jhye is doing particularly well, as we saw during the Big Bash. He has slotted back into the T20 squad in South Africa and is contending for a spot on that side. We are very happy to have such a wide pool of fast bowlers. Jhye has earnt his spot after the hard work he has done to get back into his best form after a serious injury. Keeping him in South Africa with the one-day team gives us another excellent fast bowler who is available to go.
Curiously, however, Richardson has not been incorporated in the team that will take on New Zealand at home shortly following the tour of South Africa with the selectors keeping the initial 14-member team that was selected for the South Africa ODIs. Australia is programmed to wind up their tour of South Africa with three ODIs. The three-match ODI series versus New Zealand begins at the SCG on March 13.
Australia ODI Squad vs New Zealand: A Finch (c), A Agar, A Carey (VC), P Cummins (VC), J Hazlewood, M Labuschagne, M Marsh, K Richardson, S Smith, D Short, M Starc, M Wade, D Warner, A Zampa