Kane Richardson, Australian pacer has withdrawn from the national squads for both the ODI and T20I series against India, starting November 27 and he is replaced by Andrew Tye.
On Tuesday, November 17, after another COVID-19 outbreak in South Australia near Adelaide, many cricketers, including Test captain Tim Paine, were airlifted to Sydney in a chartered flight arranged by Cricket Australia (CA).
Kane Richardson Made A Difficult Decision To Remain In Adelaide: Trevor Hohns
However, Kane Richardson, who also opted out of IPL 2020 since he became a father recently, decided to stay back with his wife and newborn baby. Fast bowler Andrew Tye has replaced him in the white-ball squads consisting of three ODIs and as many T20Is.
“It was a difficult decision for Kane to make but one which has the complete support of the selectors and the entire playing squad,” Trevor Hohns, the national selector, was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
“Kane wanted to remain in Adelaide with Nyki and their son. We will always support our players and their families; even more so given the challenging environment, we are in. We will miss what he brings to the team but completely understand and support his decision,” he added.
Cricket Australia (CA) has shown empathy towards pacer Kane Richardson for the time being after he opted out of the limited-overs series against India.
Kane Richardson Replaced By Andrew Tye In Limited Overs Squad
Apart from Andrew Tye’s inclusion, wicket-keeper Josh Phillipe and opener D’Arcy Short will also train with the squad in Sydney before joining their respective teams for the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. The coronavirus wave in South Australia has resulted in the closure of state borders and players flying to Sydney.
Cricketers namely Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Andrew Tye and D’Arcy Short were severely affected. Josh Philippe, on the other hand, is already in Sydney after playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL. Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia have closed their borders with South Australia.
With chances of New South Wales also closing the borders, CA decided to fly the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Tim Paine to Sydney. The rest of Australia’s squad are set to join the squad on Sunday, November 22. The opening ODI between Australia and India is scheduled to be played on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.