Australia pacer Jhye Richardson ruled out of ODI series against India, doubtful for IPL

Jhye Richardson's hamstring injury resurfaced during Western Australia's premier tournament match on March 4, 2023.

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Before the Marsh Cup decider against South Australia at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Ground, Western Australia’s premier bowler Jhye Richardson got ruled out of the tournament due to a hamstring injury. With this development, he won’t make it to Australia’s squad that will tour India for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). 

Earlier, on February 22, Cricket Australia (CA) had announced a 16-member squad for three ODIs against Rohit Sharma and his men, of which one of the names was Jhye, who has featured in 36 international games for Australia. However, now with his injury, he has been ruled out of the crucial India tour.

On Saturday, March 4, he played his comeback game for WA Premier Cricket outfit Fremantle against Wanneroo and reported hamstring tightness following his four-over spell in the match. Richardson was sent for scans that revealed he had worsened the injury that he got while representing Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL). However, during the game, he looked impressive with the ball as he took a three-wicket haul by conceding just five runs in four overs.

Jhye Richardson doubtful for IPL 2023 edition

After his exit from Australia’s squad for three ODIs against Rohit Sharma and his men, the selectors have picked Tasmania medium-fast pacer Nathan Ellis to vitalise the bowling unit. The 28-year-old has played eight international matches for Australia; three 50-over games and five T20 Internationals (T20Is). Ellis was part of Australia’s ODI squad that toured Pakistan in 2022.

Meanwhile in December, Richardson went under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction and was fetched by five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) for his base price of INR 1.5 crore. However, the injury which has been troubling him for more than two months has endangered his chances to participate in the mega T20 league. In 2021, the speedster got a chance to don the Punjab Kings (PBKS) jersey in the cash-rich league and took three wickets in three matches.

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