Pakistan vs Australia: Speedster Jhye Richardson dislocates his shoulder

Pakistan vs Australia: Speedster Jhye Richardson dislocates his shoulder

"He's obviously pretty shattered," Nathan Lyon.

Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. (Photo by Mark Evans – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Just when Australian captain Aaron Finch’s return to form with a bang started to assure the country’s national selectors, new anxiety has surfaced and it is about fast bowler Jhye Richardson. The young pacer who recently came into the side as replacement of an injured Josh Hazlewood, found himself at the receiving end too by dislocating the right shoulder and will be flying home from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) immediately.

The 22-year-old was having a good game in the second ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah, taking two wickets for 16 runs in five overs. But the tragedy struck as Richardson fell awkwardly on his bowling shoulder and had to leave the ground. The game was only 11 overs old then. Australia though had a terrific game as they crushed Pakistan by 8 wickets to complete yet another chase of a target above 280.

Captain Finch hit his second hundred of the series and won the second Man of the Match award as well. The Men in Yellow now lead 2-0 in the five-match series and look favourite to bag their second successive series after defeating India 3-2 recently. The win also marked their fifth consecutive win in the 50-overs format.

Cricket Australia (CA) later tweeted about Richardson’s injury confirming he had a dislocated shoulder. CA also said that Richardson will fly back to Perth on Monday and will undergo scans for assessment of the injury.

‘Jhye pretty shattered but trying to stay upbeat’

“He’s obviously pretty shattered but he’s trying to stay upbeat,” The Times of India (TOI) cited reports as quoting Australian spinner Nathan Lyon as saying.

Lyon said it was very disappointing, especially after the good performance that Lyon has come up with in the summer. He also kept his fingers crossed over the possibility of Richardson making a comeback for the World Cup that will begin on the last week of May.

Australia will have a hard time picking replacements for its quicks who have succumbed to injuries in recent times. Besides Hazlewood, another spearhead Mitchell Starc is also undergoing a recovery at the moment.

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