Ind vs Aus 2017: Kane Richardson Looking Forward To Cement His Place In The Team
Australia is currently in Bangladesh battling it out against an improved Bangladeshi team. Aussies will be looking to avenge their first Test defeat. After the second Test, the Australian team will begin the second leg of their 2017/18 tour of India; the Aussies will play five ODI’s and three T20s. They lost 3-1 in the Test series against India earlier this year.
Australia picked their squad for the ODI series in India in August, and the surprise pick was the fast bowler Kane Richardson. Richardson last played an ODI in January 2016 against New Zealand. This selection has come as a blessing for the right arm fast bowler, as he will be looking to make this opportunity count. The Australians are without the services of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood due to injuries. Hazlewood, who was initially in the squad for the tour suffered a side strain in the first Test against Bangladesh.
Richardson is looking forward to the visit, he said:
“I’m a bit of a realist and know it takes a few injuries to get the nod. But it’s always nice to get an opportunity to play for Australia. I’m not going to turn that down but there’s obviously three or four first-line bowlers that are injured at the moment.”
He understands that there’s a lot of competition for the spot and performing on this tour is important for him to maintain his place in the team:
“For me, it’s all about being the next guy in if I can be. I know that if the four big quicks (Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Pattinson) are up and about for Australia there’s probably not going to be a lot of opportunity. But for everyone else around Australia it’s trying to be in that next group. There’s probably 10 or so behind them jostling for positions. Any chance you get is an opportunity to put yourself in fifth or sixth position. There’s a lot of good quicks around the country, that’s always been an area of strength of ours.”
Lastly, he added:
“You’re always trying to evolve as a bowler and add something you didn’t have the year before, especially in the shorter forms. If you become predictable and everyone knows your game, you’re probably going to struggle. So it’s just about trying something different, trying to find new balls, and something that the batsman’s not going to expect.”
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