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Kane Richardson’s death bowling skills earns him a spot in ODI squad for Zimbabwe triangular series

Kane Richardson was the highlight of the Australia A bowling attack in the  Quadrangular Series in which he picked 13 wickets to finish as the third-highest wicket taker in the© Getty Images
Kane Richardson was the highlight of the Australia A bowling attack in the Quadrangular Series in which he picked 13 wickets to finish as the third-highest wicket taker in the© Getty Images

Aug 5, 2014

Australian bowler Kane Richardson credited his ability to bowl toe-crushing yorkers as the reason behind his selection for the One-Day International (ODI) squad ahead of the triangular series to be held in Zimbabwe featuring Australia and South Africa alongside the hosts.

Richardson’s selection comes at the cost of the spot of top-ranked pacer Clint McKay, who lost his place in spite of being ranked fifth in the ICC ODI bowler’s rankings. The two now find themselves in a rat race for a berth in the final squad for the 2015 World Cup.

Richardson credited his perfection of death-bowling to his West End Redbacks coach Darren Berry. Berry, who was looking for specialist death bowler for his side, approached Richardson.

“Darren Berry approached me a couple of years ago and said the best way to probably get into the South Australian team was to practice bowling at the death, it was something we were probably missing out on at the time. He also said at the next (international) level as well, there’s not many in the world that are really world class at it so if you can really nail that you can pretty much walk into most teams,” Richardson was quoted as saying to cricket.com.au.

Richardson, who found his path to the national team hindered  by the presence of a variety of fast bowlers in the talent pool in spite of his appearance at the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, finds himself as a favourite to lead the Australian attack in the upcoming  World Cup to be held Down Under starting February 2015.

Richardson was the highlight of the Australia A bowling unit during the recently concluded Quadrangular Series in which he picked 13 wickets in 4 innings, including a match-winning haul of five for 31 against India A in the opening encounter of the tournament. He was closely followed by team mate Ben Cutting, who finished at the fourth place in the wicket-taker’s list with 12 wickets from five innings.

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