Australia A quick Kane Richardson is confident his form, and fitness, can help him earn a berth in the national one-day side for the ICC Cricket World Cup early next year.
Richardson arrived with the other members of the 'A' squad in Darwin ahead of the two-week quad series against India A, South Africa A and Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Richardson, who spent much of his childhood in the Top End and the South Australian-born quick is looking forward to getting on to Marrara Stadium, where he played as a junior.
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The West End Redbacks quick was selected in the Australia A squad for the two four-day matches against India A in Brisbane, but was ruled out shortly before the opening match due to back soreness.
In February 2013, Richardson was withdrawn from the 'A' series against the England Lions after he was diagnosed with a 'minor stress reaction in his back'.
South Australian coach Darren Berry suggested at the time that it may have been caused by a change in action following his unceremonious debut in one-day international cricket a month earlier against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval.
Richardson had been bowling well in the clash, but was ordered out of the attack by umpire Marais Erasmus after six overs due to his follow-through repeatedly landing in the 'danger zone' on the pitch.
"Yeah, it's good," Richardson said in reference to his back. "I mean, it's never really 'good', but it's as good as it can be.
"I haven't played a lot of cricket in the last couple of months, which has been good to have a rest, but I'm ready to get back into it."
The 23-year-old is confident he has overcome the technical issues that plagued his entry into international cricket.
"It was tough after that (incident) to rectify, but it's been a year-and-a-half so I think that part of my game is all good and I shouldn't have to worry about that again," he said.
"Now it's just about taking wickets."
Echoing comments from Steve Smith earlier this week, Richardson believes he "probably wasn't ready" for international cricket at the time of his debut, but believes he's made improvements in his game that have him ready for another crack at the top level.
Richardson has been a strong performer on the domestic one-day scene with 42 List A wickets at an average of 28.71, but he was trying his best to downplay the importance of individual efforts during the quad series despite cricket's showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand on the horizon.
"Obviously the World Cup is coming up in about six months' time, so the next two weeks are important, but it's not really the be all and end all," he said.
"Hopefully I can do well, but if I don't, there are always another couple of opportunities before the World Cup.
"Everyone is thinking about (the World Cup) and I definitely am as well. To be able to play a World Cup in your home country would be amazing."
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