Kane Richardson disappointed to miss out from SA series
When the Australian selectors named the ODI squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, there were quite a few new names in the absence of regular pace spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. However, the exclusion of right arm pacer Kane Richardson was a baffling move, as the pacer had done enough in the limited opportunities he got. A couple of names, who impressed with the A side were chosen, but Richardson, who was phenomenal in the national colors was overlooked.
On the sidelines of the 4-day games against India A, Richardson admitted that he was disappointed to miss out from the ODI squad. The pacer has all the reasons to be dejected, as his numbers reflect his contribution. His late burst in an ODI against India at Canberra in January this year turned a certain defeat into an unlikely victory.
“I’ll be honest – it was pretty tough the other day when I missed that trip to South Africa because I feel like my one-day performances in the past four or five years have been good enough to get picked,” Richardson said. “But in saying that, I completely understand because those three guys have done really well in domestic cricket and they were all bowling well at the time. “So you’re happy for those guys but it’s always tough; it hits you a little bit because you’re competitive and you want to be doing well and you want to be playing for Australia.”
Richardson though was eager to make the most out of the 4-day games and improve his bowling in the longest form of the game. “I haven’t played a lot of four-day cricket and that’s something I really want to nail down,” he added. “I’ve probably got a reputation at the moment of not being a good four-day bowler or a good four-day cricketer, so I really want to play a lot of red-ball cricket this season and do really well. “That’s a real ambition of mine.”
Opening up on the technical factors of bowling in 4 day cricket, the pacer added, “A big thing for me is the length I bowl in four-day cricket has to be a bit fuller than what I usually do in one-day cricket – so pitching the ball up, making it swing and getting blokes out.” “In the games, I’ve played, I’ve kept it tight but I haven’t got wickets. Even in the second innings yesterday I probably went back to back-of-a-length, which keeps it tight but you don’t get a lot of wickets,” he said.
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