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Australia pace bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the World Cup as he has not sufficiently recovered from the dislocated shoulder he sustained in March.
Richardson suffered the injury while fielding during the second ODI between Australia and Pakistan in Sharjah on March 24.
With the 22-year-old out of the World Cup, Australia have called up seamer Kane Richardson as his replacement.
Kane Richardson has represented Australia in 20 ODIs, where he has taken 29 wickets at an average of 32.82.
“This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation,” team physiotherapist David Beakley was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required and therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad.
“Jhye will continue with his rehabilitation and we will look to resume bowling in the coming week.”
Jhye Richardson admitted that it was tough to accept the fact that he wouldn’t be representing his country at the World Cup, but he is now focused on making a full recovery ahead of the Ashes, which begins at Edgbaston on August 1.
“If I’m going to be brutally honest, it hasn’t been that easy to accept,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “World Cups don’t come around every day, so it’s been tough. I’ve got the right people around me. The guys are fantastic, they’ve been really supportive every step of the way. I’ve done everything I can, it just wasn’t meant to be and I’m at peace with it.
“It helps a lot to know there is something just as big around the corner and to have that to aim for it puts a lot of clarity in my mind. I’ll do everything I can to get up for firstly the Australia A tour and then the Ashes.
“I honestly thought I could get up and I was determined to do everything I could. It was always going to be touch and go, we knew that from the day I did it. I was optimistic all the way through even though bowling wasn’t going the way I would have liked. I still thought I had a chance. Even though people around me were telling me it wasn’t going as well as they would have liked, I was trying to keep positive.”
He added that he will continue to give it his all in the field going forward, even if that leads to another injury.
“That’s the way I want to play my cricket,” he said. “I want to be able to put my body on the line, that’s what it means to me, and if I get injured doing so then so be it. I can accept that. If I’m trying to save runs for the team and do everything I can then that’s the way I want to go about it and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”