Jhye Richardson hopes for World Cup-Ashes double delight
Jhye Richardson made an immediate impact on Test debut in Brisbane. © AFP

Having made his Test debut this year, the Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson has his sights set on two more long-cherished targets: the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes in England just after.

Richardson, 22, made his T20I debut in February 2017 and a chance in ODIs followed in January 2018. A little over a year on, he was handed his first Test cap with Josh Hazlewood injured, and claimed five wickets on debut which included a searing three-wicket day against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

Australia play five ODIs in India in March, which are their last in the format before the World Cup starts on May 30. Richardson hopes to be a part of that squad, having claimed three wickets in three matches against India last month at an outstanding economy rate of 3.73. In two of his three games, Richardson conceded less than 28. (READ MORE: “Non-favourites” Australia set for different experience at World Cup: Michael Kasprowicz)

“All the nerves released after the first over in Brisbane,” he told reporters in Perth on Wednesday. “You always hope to play Test cricket but I just took it one game at a time … and if you bowl well and you are lucky enough to get rewarded then things happen. I fulfilled one of my dreams, another one of mine is to play in a World Cup and Ashes cricket. Going forward, if that happens I’m going to be over the moon.

“I’ll keep plugging way, keep the body right, keep bowling fast and see what happens. I’d love to be involved in both. A World Cup doesn’t come around very often and Ashes are very, very special for Australian cricket.”