Qantas Tour of the UAE
Richardson suffers dislocated shoulder
Paceman ruled out of remainder of second ODI after awkward outfield landing
Louis Cameron at Sharjah Cricket Stadium
24 March 2019, 07:05 PM AEST
Australia have copped a major injury blow in the second one-dayer against Pakistan after Jhye Richardson dislocated his right shoulder while fielding at Sharjah.
Richardson will play no further part in the match and or the rest of five-game ODI series, with it confirmed after play the young paceman would be sent home to Perth.
The paceman immediately signaled for medical attention after landing awkwardly on his bowling arm in an athletic attempt to stop a boundary during the 11th over of Pakistan's innings.
He was helped off the field by medical staff and was later seen sitting in the team dugout with a brace on his arm.
Australia are yet to make a firm assessment on how badly damaged the shoulder is, with the speedster likely forming a key part of Australia’s World Cup and Ashes campaigns if fit.
Richardson had done the early damage for Australia with the ball, striking twice with the new ball to leave Pakistan reeling at 2-35.
He removed Imam-ul-Haq for a duck with the fifth ball of the game with one that swung back in and bowled him off the inside edge, before Shan Masood chipped an easy catch to midwicket.
Richardson has had a breakthrough summer at international level, making his Test debut in January while pushing himself towards a World Cup berth with a series of impressive ODI bowling performances.
The 22-year-old has stood up with the big three of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all missing games in the lead-in to the showpiece event to be held in the United Kingdom this year.
He’s Australia’s leading wicket taker in ODI cricket this year with 17 wickets at 21.23 and has impressed teammates with his eager-to-learn attitude.
“He's a confident young kid, the amount he's improved - his consistency has been a lot better over the last little while,” skipper Aaron Finch said ahead of the first ODI.
“Being in and around the Australian side for quite a few months now … he seems to have taken everything in his stride.
“He's someone who is always asking questions, always learning. Especially for a young kid - not all young kids are willing to learn as quickly as he is.
“A lot of people sit back and wait for things to be given to them. He's someone who actively seeks out batsmen to talk about his bowling.”
Should Richardson be forced to miss the remaining three matches against Pakistan in the UAE, it could pave the way for Cummins to return after he was rested from the opening two games.
Fellow quicks Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff would also be in the mix.
Qantas Tour of the UAE
First ODI: Australia won by eight wickets
Second ODI: v Pakistan, March 24 in Sharjah
Third ODI: v Pakistan, March 27 in Abu Dhabi
Fourth ODI: v Pakistan, March 29 in Dubai
Fifth ODI: v Pakistan, March 31 in Dubai
(all matches begin at 10pm AEDT)