Australian cricket pacer Jhye Richardson is eyeing international return during Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka in June this year, Cricket.com.au reported on Wednesday. The 25-year-old was rested from Australia’s squad for the Pakistan tour this month due to the selectors’ approach for picking youngsters.
However, the Australian pacers didn’t fair well and managed to pick four wickets. The first Test between Australia and Pakistan ended in a draw, and the pacer said that he was totally fine with the call to side out for the series.
“Whilst I am comfortable with my decision (not to go to Pakistan), I’ve still been keeping a close eye on what’s been happening in the Test … it looks pretty flat over there.
“There’s still some good cricket to be played here (with) a final coming up for WA on Friday,” he added.
Richardson has struggled with injuries in his career so far, plagued by a shoulder injury and most recently shin soreness, that ruled him out of the Boxing Day Test against England.
He was in a good form during the Ashes 2021-22 series and helped Australia win the second Test of the Ashes with 5/42 in the game. He then replicated his form in the KFC Big Bash League (BBL) including the finals where he took 2/20 against Sydney Sixers and helped Perth Scorchers lift the trophy.
Richardson eyes T20 World Cup place in Australia
“The winter, what it looks like for me is (being) freed up for a little bit (and) making sure that I’m in the best possible space to play in Sri Lanka and then moving forward to the (T20) World Cup,” Richardson said on Wednesday after his two-year contract extension with the Scorchers was announced.
“World Cups are really, really important so making sure there’s some time at home, making sure the body is ready to go, that’s a big focus for me having (had) a couple of little niggles and hiccups throughout the Ashes summer.
“(I’m) just making sure I’m fit to go for Sri Lanka … there’s a lot of cricket to be played there, there’s a massive Australian summer coming up again so a bit of time off to make sure we’re ready to go,” he added.
Australia is expected to play a couple of Tests, a five-match ODI series, and three T20I series in June this year.