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IND vs AUS ODI Series: Nathan Ellis replaces Australian pacer Jhye Richardson

Jhye Richardson | Photo: Twitter

Australian pacer Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against India due to a hamstring injury. Nathan Ellis has been named as his replacement.

In addition to missing the ODI series, Richardson’s participation with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is also in doubt.

Richardson had made his comeback in a 50-over match for his club Fremantle against Wanneroo on Saturday in Perth after having strained his hamstring in the Big Bash League (BBL) in the first week of January, as per espncricinfo.

However, after bowling only four overs for Fremantle, taking 3 for 5, he had to leave the field and undergo a scan. Later, he visited the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) ground to speak with the WA medical personnel.

His BBL franchise Perth Scorchers had hoped for Richardson’s return to action in the final, but the injury took him two months to recover, making him unavailable for the title clash. Richardson has not featured in the Marsh Cup or Sheffield Shield cricket either.

Despite his recent injury woes, Richardson was named in the ODI squad for the limited leg of Australia’s India tour. Richardson has had a terrible run of soft-tissue ailments over the past two seasons, in addition to the serious shoulder injury he sustained in 2019.

In December 2021, against England in Adelaide, he picked up his first Test five-wicket haul after suffering a right shoulder injury. However, he was unable to play in the following Test because of a persistent heel injury, and he hasn’t played Test cricket since.

Richardson participated in the T20I and ODI series during the 2022 tour of Sri Lanka. However, after returning home, he was only able to play in two Sheffield Shield games and one Marsh Cup match for Western Australia before the BBL due to a number of soft tissue issues.

Australia’s squad for the ODI series against India

Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner and Adam Zampa.

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