Cricket; Jhye Richardson sidelined by injury again

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson’s impending return to the Australian team has taken a hit after he was forced out of the BBL with a side injury.

Richardson was sent for scans after feeling sore following Wednesday’s Big Bash loss to the Brisbane Heat, the same day he was named as part of Australia’s ODI squad to face to West Indies in February.

Results determine another injury for the luckless quick and he has been ruled out of the rest of the BBL by the Scorchers also putting his return to the national team in jeopardy.

The first ODI against the West Indies is at the MCG on February 2.

“Scan results, received after Richardson’s media conference this morning, revealed the injury after Richardson pulled up sore following Perth’s loss to Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Wednesday night,” a Scorchers statement said.

“Cricket Australia will provide an update regarding Richardson’s availability for the Dettol ODI Series between Australia and the West Indies in due course.”

Richardson, 27, last played for Australia in a one-day game in Sri Lanka in 2022 having been hit by issues with his shoulder and hamstring in recent years.

But he had played all eight games for the Scorchers in this Big Bash campaign, which prompted national selectors to add him to the ODI squad in the absence of rested frontline quicks Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

Richardson was also picked up in the recent IPL auction, secured by the Delhi Capitals for $892,000.

He’s played 36 matches for Australia, across all-formats, since his debut in the T20 team in 2017 and his latest injury is a further setback in his quest to get more game time in green and gold.

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