India v Australia ODIs - Men's
Richardson heading home due to injury
Fast bowler to fly back to Australia after picking up a side injury on Qantas Tour of India
Sam Ferris in Bengaluru
27 February 2019, 07:09 PM AEST
Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the Qantas Tour of India due to a side injury.
It's understood Richardson sustained the injury batting in the nets in Hyderabad last week ahead of the first T20 international in Vizag.
The 28-year-old trained on Tuesday in Bengaluru and after bowling a handful of balls, he left the practice nets and took no further part in training.
His spot in the squad will be filled by Western Australia quick Andrew Tye.
"Kane reported some left side pain at training prior to the opening T20I in Vizag," said Australia team physio David Beakley.
"Unfortunately he has not recovered well enough in order to play a further part in the tour.
"Kane will return home to continue his rehabilitation, and we (will) monitor his progress over the coming weeks."
Paceman Tye has played seven one-day internationals, his last being the 481-game at Trent Bridge where he left with figures of 0-100 from nine overs.
The right-armer, who is known for his wide array of slower balls, captured 17 wickets in 14 KFC BBL games this season with Perth Scorchers.
Richardson entered the India tour in stellar form having finished the BBL season as the leading wicket-taker for tournament champions Melbourne Renegades.
The injury blow leaves Australia with only four fit fast bowlers for the final T20I on Wednesday night in Bengaluru, where a win will seal a series win for the tourists.
Speedsters Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are also back in Australia due to injury.
Australia have never won a T20 series against India, at home or abroad, and will be desperate to build on the momentum from the thrilling final-ball win on Sunday.
Qantas tour of India
First T20: Australia won by three wickets
Second T20: February 27, Bengaluru
First ODI: March 2, Hyderabad
Second ODI: March 5, Nagpur
Third ODI: March 8, Ranchi
Fourth ODI: March 10, Mohali
Fifth ODI: March 13, Delhi