ICC World Cup 2019: Jhye Richardson ruled out of Australia’s squad, replacement announced

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Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup because of a dislocated shoulder, Cricket Australia confirmed on Wednesday (May 8).

Jhye picked up the injury during the second ODI against Pakistan at Sharjah in March and hasn’t recovered in time to make the trip to the United Kingdom. He was exceptional in the series against India where he bagged seven wickets in five games and played a key role for Australia winning the series 3-2 in India.

“This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process,” Australia’s physiotherapist David Beakley said. “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 weeks. At this stage, we are still hopeful that he could be available for Australia A tour of England.”

Kane Richardson has been called up to replace Jhye, with long-time pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood, who has been put of action since January with a back injury, overlooked.

When the Australian squad was announced last month, chief selector Trevor Hohns said the focus was on having Hazlewood ready for the Ashes Test series in England which begins in August.

He was instead named in Australia’s one-day A squad, which will play games in England while the World Cup is on.

Here’s the updated Australia squad for the 2019 World Cup:

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

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