Kane Richardson sits atop the perch as one of the most must-see bowlers in the country. His ability to bring the ball back into right-handers at pace has earned him a reputation as one of the toughest bowlers to face in Australian domestic cricket.
Richardson first came to prominence in the 2010/11 KFC T20 Big Bash final against the NSW Blues, when he picked up three crucial wickets to help steer the Redbacks to the title.
Although he’s only featured in six first-class outings, Richardson still boasts a handy record with 14 scalps. He claimed four wickets on debut, including three in his first four overs.
Despite only playing in two Bupa Sheffield Shield matches this year, the paceman still managed six victims, including a match winning spell of 4/34 against the Tigers.
The 2012/13 season was certainly a watershed year for the South Australian quick. Richardson well and truly dominated the Ryobi Cup, finishing with 21 wickets from just five appearances at a miserly average of 13.8.
Incredibly, he claimed five-wicket hauls in three of the five games he played. He tore Victoria to the shreds (5/61), before skittling the NSW Blues (6/51). If that wasn’t enough, he dismantled the Queensland Bulls (6/48) with a display that drew comparisons with some of the state’s finest quicks.
The talented 22 year old backed up his supreme one-day form with an equally impressive showing for the Adelaide Strikers. After taking five wickets in BBL 01, Richardson doubled his tally to ten with a string of stellar white ball displays.
While he’s more noted for his bowling, Richardson has proven his athleticism with some mind-blowing efforts in the field. His catch to remove Travis Birt remains one of the greatest takes this country has ever witnessed, with Richardson appearing to misjudge it, before diving full length to his right to complete the freakish act.
Australian selectors handed Richardson a well-deserved ODI debut against Sri Lanka. The occasion was made even more special as the game was being played at Richardson’s home ground, the Adelaide Oval.
It was an up and down sort of debut from the quick, with Richardson sending down six economical overs for just 15 runs, before the umpires took him out of the attack for repeatedly entering the restricted zone.
Given his extremely wide run-up, Richardson probably has to do some work on his follow through to ensure future representative honours aren’t jeopardised by where his front foot lands.
His efforts for the Redbacks and Strikers were duly noted by IPL investors, who forked out US $700,000 for his services in this year’s tournament. Richardson finished up with two wickets from his three appearances.