Ahead of the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, Australia have received a big boost as their pacer Kane Richardson has joined the team in Dubai. Richardson had recently suffered a side injury that had brought a premature end to his tour of India. He is now eyeing to make the most of the opportunity and bolster his World Cup chances. Richardson had to return to Australia from India when he suffered the injury after batting in the nets ahead of the opening T20I.
Richardson is in fine form at the moment. He starred with the ball for Melbourne Renegades in the recently-concluded season of Big Bash League. Richardson finished the season as the top wicket-taker, picking up 24 wickets to help his team win the coveted title by beating cross-city rivals Melbourne Stars in the final. With form on his side at the moment, Richardson will be looking to prove his worth against Pakistan. A good outing in UAE can all but secure his World Cup spot.
However, a poor or average outing can very much jeopardise his World Cup hopes. Pat Cummims and Jhye Richardson are already ahead of him in the pecking order while senior pros Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are likely to get the nod for the all important competition in England.
“I thought I was done for the season,” Kane Richardson said in Dubai. “So it’s always nice to get a positive and be able to come back and play some sort of cricket.
“It could have been a lot worse but also disappointing to miss the last tour.
“It was amazing waking up every morning to check the scores and see they did it again,” he said of Australia’s remarkable win against Australia.
Along with Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile has joined the team too. The pacer had left for Australia after the second ODI in India to attend the birth of his second child. The five-match ODI series in UAE will get underway on March 22.