Australia quick Jhye Richardson is fully fit as he heads to Sri Lanka and is raring to bounce back from the disappointment of losing his Cricket Australia (CA) contract, according to his Western Australia coach Adam Voges.
Richardson was arguably the unluckiest player to lose his Cricket Australia contract for the coming 12 months having taken five wickets in his last Test match innings against England in Adelaide, and having played in Australia’s last home T20I series against Sri Lanka.
But an injury-interrupted summer that featured calf and shin issues prior to Christmas, with the latter ruling him out of the Boxing Test, and a serious hamstring injury which saw him miss the Sheffield Shield final, as well as the astonishing rise of Scott Boland in his absence, meant he was squeezed out of CA’s top 20 ranked players on the contract list.
Prior to his hamstring injury, he was also left out of the Pakistan tour as his workload continued to be monitored due to his recent injury history.
Richardson is in the T20I squad only for Sri Lanka and could play a part with Pat Cummins resting, although Australia may play two spinners among their four specialist bowlers if conditions suit. He has not been named in the ODI or Test squads, but is in the Australia ‘A’ group that is set to play two 50-over games and two four-day games in Sri Lanka.
“He’s going really well,” Voges told ESPNcricinfo. “He was clearly disappointed to miss out on his CA contract. But I think that’ll be a very temporary thing.
“We saw what Jhye Richardson did when he was fully fit in the four Shield games that he played for us last season. He had a huge impact. He took five wickets in the last Test match, so I think he’ll fight his way back into the Australian teams pretty quickly.