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Australia’s Jhye Richardson ruled out of WC due to shoulder injury


Australian paceman Jhye Richardson has been ruled out for the upcoming World Cup as he failed to deal with his dislocated shoulder that he picked up against Pakistan in the UAE a month ago. Another paceman, Kane Richardson has been named as the replacement for 22-year old pacer.

The Western Australian pacer suffered from the shoulder injury in the second one-day international match of the five match ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March. He landed awkwardly on his bowling arm while fielding and this landing caused him the injury.

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Overlooking his injury concern, Australian selectors named him for the preliminary 15-man World Cup squad as the pacer didn’t need a surgery and hopeful of a return before World Cup. But the recent scans and consultants directed with Australia’s medical staff, it wound up clear that Richardson would not be prepared in time for the World Cup.

Cricket Australia ruled him out for the World Cup on Wednesday, May 8. “This is clearly extremely disappointing news for the group and for Jhye, who has been outstanding all through his rehabilitation procedure,” said David Beakley, the team physio.

“After his latest assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, plainly Jhye was not advancing as quick as required and accordingly, in interview with selectors, we settled on the choice to pull back him from the squad.

“Jhye will proceed with his recovery and we will hope to continue bowling in the coming weeks. At this stage we are as yet confident that he could be accessible for the Australia A tour of England in June.”

“He proved that he could be a class bowler with that kind of fabricate and bowl at some extraordinary pace.”

Jhye has been in superb form recently. After his debut against England just a year ago in January, he picked up 24 wickets in 12 matches at the economy rate of 5.85 averaging 26.33 with the best bowling figure of 4/26. He also played a big role in the series win against India where he took 8 wickets in just 3 matches.

Jhye’s replacement Kane Richardson was also in the squad for India and Pakistan series. But he just played two matches in these two series. Kane was the highest taker in the last year Big Bash League (BBL). Star paceman Josh Hazlewood was not considered again for the World Cup squad as he has yet to bowl at full pace in his recovery from the back stress fracture.

Australia will begin their World Cup against Pakistan on June 1 in Bristol.

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