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Australia suffered a huge blow ahead of Cricket World Cup

With the cricket World Cup less than three weeks away, Australia’s pace attack has suffered a huge blow ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019.

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup after failing to recover from a shoulder injury in time to be ready for Australia’s opening game on June 1.

Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed scans showed the right shoulder that Richardson dislocated while fielding during a limited-overs international against Pakistan in March wouldn’t be repaired adequately to bowl at the level required for the World Cup.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Australia’s Cup squad. Photo: Getty Images

The 22-year-old Richardson had been tipped to play an important role for Australia in English conditions utilizing his swing and consistency. He has taken 24 wickets in 12 One-day Internationals at an average of 26.3 and an economy rate of 5.85.

“This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process,” Australia’s team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.

“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.”

“It hasn’t been that easy to accept; World Cups don’t come around every day,” Richardson said on Wednesday.

“It’s been tough but I’ve got the right people around me … I honestly thought I could get up [be fit] and I was determined to do everything I could.”

Richardson hopes to be available for Australia A’s tour of Britain and eventually the Ashes.

“Absolutely it helps a lot knowing there’s something just as big around the corner,” he said. “To have that to aim for puts a lot of clarity in my mind that playing for Australia is what I want to do.”

Kane Richardson has been drafted into the Australia squad to join a pace bowling group that includes Mitchell Starc, who is returning from a chest injury this week, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff.

Kane Richardson has been called up as replacement of Jhye Richardson. Photo: Getty Images

Kane Richardson admitted he was “over the moon” at receiving a call-up to the Australian squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, a tournament that Australia coach Justin Langer is calling “the Olympics of cricket”.

Four years ago, Richardson, the pace bowler, was on the fringes of selection, but missed the cut for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. He was set to watch from the sidelines at this year’s event in England and Wales too, before an injury to Jhye Richardson left a spot open. 

Kane was sympathetic to Jhye’s misfortune, but admitted that he was delighted at the chance to live out a “childhood dream”.

“I remember four years ago missing out on at that 2015 team,” he told reporters on Wednesday, 8 May. “I was 24 then and I thought at the next one I’ll be 28, so that’s probably my shot”.

“I still wasn’t thinking about it a month ago. But to get the call yesterday that struck me the most. I remember watching the World Cup in England in 1999, that was the one I went to video store and rented the VHS and watched that back! It kind of hit me then that these things don’t come around.”

Veteran paceman Josh Hazlewood has again been overlooked for selection in the World Cup squad as he recovers from a back injury, but has been included in a second-string squad for a series in England starting later next month.

Defending champions Australia are playing three unofficial warm-up games against New Zealand in Brisbane this week to fine-tune for the World Cup and to reintegrate ex-captain Steve Smith and his former deputy David Warner into the squad following their 12-month bans that stemmed from the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Australia have nine group games at the World Cup, starting against Afghanistan in Bristol and concluding July 6 against South Africa at Old Trafford.

Australia’s Revised World Cup squad:

Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

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