Sydney [Australia]† June 3 (ANI): Western Australia coach Adam Voges backed pacer Jhye Richardson and said he will fight back into the Australian team during the Sri Lankan tour.
Richardson lost his contract with Cricket Australia for the next 12 months after suffering a calf injury that left him out of the boxing test and a serious hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Sheffield Shield final.
Richardson is only on the T20I squad for Sri Lanka and could play a part while Pat Cummins rests, although Australia could play two spinners among their four specialist bowlers if conditions are right. He has not been named in the ODI or Test squads, but is in the Australia A group which will play two 50-over games and two four-day games in Sri Lanka.
“He is doing very well. He was clearly disappointed that he had to miss his CA contract. But I think that will be something very temporary. I think once we have a fully fit Jhye Richardson up and running, we will have considering what he did in the four Shield games he played for us last season,” Voges told ESPNcricinfo.
“He had a huge impact. He took five wickets in the last Test match he played for Australia so I think he will be fighting his way back to the Australian teams pretty quickly. It’s great that he’s part of the cue ball section from the Sri Lankan series and then the A series… I know he’s very disappointed about missing out, but hopefully he’ll use that as a pretty big motivator to have a big 12 months ahead.” he added.
Richardson played his last Test match against England in Adelaide, where he scalped five wickets. He later featured in Australia’s last home T20I series against Sri Lanka. (ANI)