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Cricket Australia names a replacement as Kane Richardson pulls out of the limited-overs squad for the India series

November 18, 2020

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Kane Richardson, the Australia pacer, has chosen to stay out of the limited-overs team for the home series against India. The pacer has ruled against getting back to action this month "to be with his wife and their newborn child," a Cricket Australia statement read.

Kane Richardson became a father for the first time a week ago. In September, he had avoided the Indian Premier League in the UAE as well to be with his pregnant wife in Australia. Moreover, he skipped two or three Sheffield Shield games. The right-arm pacer made his last appearance on the cricket field during the Australia Tour of England in September.

On Wednesday (November 18), Trevor Hohns, Australia's national selector, said that it was a hard choice for Kane. However, he has the total support of the selectors and the whole playing Team of Australia in his decision.

Trevor Hohns added that Kane needed to stay in Adelaide with Nyki and their infant child. Cricket Australia would always support their players and their families; considerably more so given the difficult situation, they are in. He further added that they would miss him in the series, yet they understand and support his decision.

The Replacement of Kane Richardson

Andrew Tye has replaced Kane Richardson in the ODI and T20I team of Australia. The right-arm pacer was part of for Australia team when they toured the UK in September. Furthermore, he participated in the IPL 2020, where he played only one game for Rajasthan Royals. That one match was his only professional outing over the last one year after his elbow surgery in November a year ago.

“AJ is incredibly skilled in both forms of the short game. He impressed in the UK with his high work ethic and his positive energy around the squad,” Hohns said. “He is a great player to be able to call on.”

In the meantime, the outbreak of COVID-19 in Adelaide has witnessed three extra players being added to the Australian practice group in Sydney, given the border forced by different states. In addition to Tye, Josh Philippe, and D'Arcy Short will prepare with the team in Sydney, before joining their individual Big Bash League franchises.

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