AUS vs SL: Jhye Richardson missed out of Cricket Australia’s central contract that released on Thursday. However, chairman of selectors George Bailey said that Jhye Richardson could tour Sri Lanka in June despite being dropped off the central contract list. In fact, he also announced that Matthew Wade and Kane Richardson are also a key part of the Australian Cricket team and could even tour Sri Lanka.
Whereas dropping Jhye was the most surprising omission on the list. The centrally contracted players saw a new inclusion Wicket keeper batter, Josh Inglis. Jhye Richardson has been excellent with the ball for the past few years be it on the international stage or domestic circuit. He took 5 for 42 in his last test against England in Adelaide to help the hosts win.
After that performance, he was restored in the following match due to shin soreness, and his replacement Scott Boland came in and made every jaw-drop with his accurate bowling.
Chief selector George Bailey said in a statement that Jhye was unfortunate but the selectors still see him as an integral part of the Australia team over the next 12 months. The former captain also said that Matthew wade and Kane Richardson fell into the same category especially with a T20 World Cup later this year.
George also said Matthew Wade is still the first-choice wicketkeeper in all formats. But the central contract list tells the contrary. Australia is all set to play three T20Is, five ODIs, and two tests starting from 7 June.
Every eye will be on team selection and playing eleven. Right now the players are busy in IPLIndian Premier League ) which is supposed to end on 29 May and Bailey thinks that the players will be fit and fresh for a long tour of Sri Lanka. There will be more support for spinners and it is unlikely that Jhye will get a chance to showcase his fast bowling.