Kane Richardson, the Australian paceman, who recovered from a side injury and rejoined the setup ahead of the ODI series versus Pakistan, is eager to get back up and play for a winning side in order to push his claims for a World Cup spot.
The pacer, who has played 27 limited overs games for Australia so far, said that he feared he would miss the entire season due to the injury. The South Australian quick picked up the injury while batting in the nets before the first T20I against India. “I thought I was done for the season,” Richardson said in Dubai. “So it’s always nice to get a positive [kick] and be able to come back and play some sort of cricket. It could have been a lot worse but also disappointing to miss the last tour,” he added.
Richardson also commended the Australian side for their splendid performance in India, where they showed the required resilience and self belief to make a sterling comeback from 0-2 down to win the five-match ODI rubber 3-2. He also hoped that they would carry the momentum of winning both limited overs series in India into the five-match 50-over series versus Pakistan.
“It was amazing waking up every morning to check the scores and see they did it again. (We bring) massive momentum into this series, but you want to back it up. It’s professional sport, you want to win every game and this is a huge series going into the World Cup. We climbed the mountain of (beating) India now it’s about backing it up against Pakistan who are another quality side,” he said.
Richardson also noted that the players welcomed the banned duo of Smith and Warner, who in turn had flown to Dubai to meet with their teammates and the coaching staff in the lead-up to the five-match ODI series against Pakistan. The duo’s one-year ban would come to an end on March 29 this year.
“Everyone in the end was just really glad to see them (Warner and Smith),” Richardson said. “They’ve had a really tough 12 months. They’ve done their time. In 10 days they’re back available so it will be nice to see them back playing cricket in the IPL as well.”