Cricket fans have expressed their sadness for Jhye Richardson after the Aussie bowler suffered another injury setback. On Monday it emerged that the Western Australia paceman has been ruled out of Wednesday's one-day cup final against South Australia and Australia's ODI tour of India.
Richardson missed the entire second half of the BBL season after he injured his left hamstring while playing for the Perth Scorchers on January 4. He has now suffered another hamstring injury and will be sidelined again.
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Richardson made his return for club side Fremantle last Saturday, but lasted just four overs before tweaking the same hamstring. A timeframe on his return is yet to be determined, but he has been ruled out of Australia's three-match ODI series in India, which starts on March 17 after the Test matches.
Nathan Ellis has been named as Richardson's replacement in the ODI squad. The news it a bitter pill to swallow for Richardson, whose international career has been hampered by injuries.
The 26-year-old has played three Test matches, 15 one-day internationals and 18 T20 internationals, taking 57 wickets for Australia across all three formats. However he has suffered a number of shoulder injuries, which have hampered his career to date.
Richardson took five wickets against England in Adelaide in December of 2021, which marked his first Test match since injuring his right shoulder in 2019. A heel injury ruled him out of the next match of that Ashes series, and he hasn't returned to the Test side since.
Cricket fans were left saddened over the news about Richardson on Monday, with fears emerging that he'll also miss the upcoming IPL.
How's Jhye always injured 🤷♂️
— Nishant Verma (@NikSmudge) March 6, 2023
Is Jhye actually made of glass and tissue paper?
— Jason King (@jason_king72) March 6, 2023
Jhye and Will Pucowski train hard, get fit only to get injured again. I feel for them two. Solid crickters but really unlucky with untimely injuries...
— Deepak-JSR (@Deepak_D1105) March 6, 2023
You got to be freaking kidding me here! I thought we can't get any lower than last season, but it looks like we're going to come 11th now in a 10-team tournament! 🙃
— Siddharth Dixit (@sid_dixit_25) March 6, 2023
talented outswing bowler, not good to see.
— SportRadioAS 🇮🇳 (@SportRadioAS1) March 6, 2023
Another Bad news for Mumbai Indians Fans 🙂
Jhye Richardson is Likely to Ruled out for #IPL2023
— Ayyappan (@Ayyappan_1504) March 6, 2023
Feel sad for Jhye Richardson 😔💔He is one of my favorite pacer and one of the most underrated bowler Suffers lot of injuries 🥺 GWS Jhye <3 pic.twitter.com/Fuavc1WpSK
— Hassan Zahid🏴🇦🇪🇵🇰 |#Qalanders💚💪 (@Iam_hassan10) March 6, 2023
Will Pucovski's return to cricket hits a snag
Meanwhile, Will Pucovski's return to top-level cricket has hit a snag after the second XI match between Victoria and Tasmania was postponed until Tuesday after the Victorian team's flight was cancelled. Pucovski has been playing premier grade cricket in Melbourne this year after announcing last year that he was taking an indefinite break.
Last week it emerged that he was making his return to professional cricket in the second XI game. However the match was pushed back 24 hours when the Victorians weren't able to train on Sunday due to the flight bungle.
Pucovski has dealt with a number of concussions and other injuries throughout his young career. The 25-year-old announced late last year that he was taking time away from the sport to focus on his mental health.
Cricket Victoria's head of male cricket David Hussey said about Pucovski's return last week: "We're pleased to see Will's progress and his desire to return to second XI cricket. From the outset we haven't set definitive timelines on his return, but having played for Melbourne and the work he's done off the field over the last few months, he feels ready for this and we wish him all the best."
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