Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has withdrawn from upcoming white-ball series against India, starting from November 27. On November and India 17, after a sudden covid-19 outbreak, many Australian cricketers including Tim Paine were airlifted to Sydney in a chartered flight arranged by Cricket Australia (CA).
As per Cricket Australia, Richardson decided to pull out of the series to be with his wife and newborn son.
Fast bowler Andrew Tye has replaced him in the white-ball squads. Richardson also didn’t play in just concluded 13th edition of the Indian Premier League as his wife was due to give birth. India’s tour of Australia will begin with the 1st ODI in Sydney on November 27.
“It was a difficult decision for Kane to make but one which has the complete support of the selectors and the entire playing squad,” Trevor Hohns, the national selector, was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
“Kane wanted to remain in Adelaide with Nyki and their son. We will always support our players and their families; even more so given the challenging environment, we are in. We will miss what he brings to the team but completely understand and support his decision,” he added.
At the meantime, Cricket Australia (CA) also announced that D’Arcy Short and Josh Philippe will train with the Australian limited-overs squads in Sydney before joining their respective team in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). The decision was taken due to the fresh coronavirus outbreak in South Australia.
Queensland and Tasmania in Western Australia have closed their borders with South Australia since Monday due to deteriorating conditions from Covid-19 in South Australia.
With chances of New South Wales also closing the borders, Cricket Australia decided to fly the likes of Labuschagne and Paine to Sydney. The rest of Australia’s squad are set to join the squad on Sunday, November 22.