Jhye Richardson backed to use contract loss as motivation in Sri Lanka

Australia soon Jhye Richardson is fully fit as he heads to Sri Lanka and eager to recover from disappointment over losing his contract with Cricket Australia, according to his Western Australia coach Adam Voges

Richardson was arguably the most unlucky player to lose his Cricket Australia contract for the next 12 months having taken five wickets in his last Test match innings against England in Adelaide, and having played in Australia’s last home T20I series against Sri Lanka.

But an injury-interrupted summer with calf and shin problems leading up to Christmas, the latter taking him out of the boxing test, and a serious hamstring injury that left him missing the Sheffield Shield final, as well as the astonishing emergence of Scott Boland his absence meant he was squeezed out of CA’s top 20 ranked players on the contract list.

Prior to his hamstring injury, he had also been left out of the Pakistan tour as his workload was constantly monitored due to his recent injury history.

Richardson is only on the T20I squad for Sri Lanka and could play a role while Pat Cummins is at rest, although Australia may play two spinners among their four specialist bowlers if conditions are favourable. He has not been named in the ODI or Test squads, but is in the Australia A group which will play two 50-over games and two four-day games in Sri Lanka.

Voges has spent the last few weeks in Perth helping Richardson and WA’s other Sri Lankan tourists prepare for the limited-overs, Test and A-series starting next week. The WA and Perth Scorchers coach believes Richardson will be back in action after a frustrating summer.

“He’s going really well,” Voges told ESPNcricinfo. “He was clearly disappointed that he had to miss his CA contract. But I think that will be something very temporary.

“I think once we get Jhye Richardson completely fit, we’ve seen what he did in the four Shield games he played for us last season. He made a huge impact. He took five wickets in the last Test match he played. for Australia so I think he will be fighting his way back to the Australian teams pretty soon.

“It’s great that he’s part of the white ball part of the Sri Lankan series and then the A series…I know he’s very disappointed about missing out, but hopefully he’ll use that as a pretty big motivator to get a big 12 months are coming.”

Meanwhile, Voges was full of praise for the 23-year-old Western Australian all-rounder Aaron Hardie who is going on his first overseas tour with the Australian A-team.

Hardie has only played 10 first-class matches but has already made a huge impression, scoring two centuries and completing three four-wicket-hauls. He had an extraordinary Sheffield Shield Final where he led off the bowl and took 3 for 54, before noting out a brilliant 174 in the second innings to secure a draw that gave WA a drought-breaking title.

“We think very highly of Aaron,” Voges said. “We think he is a very talented young player who has performed well in the short exposure he has had to first-class cricket.

“I was very happy to see him do well in the Shield final. Last year he had a frustrating season. He had elbow surgery on the eve of the season which prevented him from bowling all the way to the back of the Big Bash For him now it’s just about a bit of consistency and continuity and being able to play games.

“As a young all-rounder the game demands a lot from you. There will probably be a few more of those niggles along the way, but hopefully now he can really start putting together a consistent 12 months of cricket and who knows where that is.” will take him.

“I think it’s a big reward for him to be named to the A-squad because of what he did at the end of the season. The fact that we can open bowling with him and he scores 170 at bats out of seven, he is a pretty handy addition.”

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