Positive scans keep Jhye Richardson in World Cup mix
Scans on Jhye Richardson's injured shoulder revealed the "best case scenario". © Getty

The results from scans on his dislocated right shoulder have put Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson in a hopeful frame of mind regarding the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, just days after he was sent home from the UAE.

Richardson injured his right shoulder while diving to stop the ball during the second ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah last week and was ruled out of the rest of the series, which Australia wrapped up 3-0 with two games to spare. (READ: Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa fire Australia to ODI series win)

Upon return to Perth, the 22-year-old underwent scans and an update from his BBL franchise Perth Scorchers on Thursday revealed the “best case scenario” for Richardson.

“Everyone in the Australian camp is hopeful, I’m hopeful and in high spirits,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “I’m not ruling out the World Cup at this stage, that’s definitely not an option. It’s all about getting the shoulder right at this stage.”

Richardson, who has played 12 ODIs, nine T20Is and two Test matches, said that talks with Australia’s coach Justin Langer left him upbeat about his chances of World Cup selection even with Josh Hazlewood confirming his return to bowling on Wednesday.

“JL said he’s pleased with how I’ve been going about my business, I was really satisfied with how I played in India and going into the Pakistan series as well I was happy with the way I was playing,” said Richardson. “The shoulder injury is unfortunate, but these things do happen and I’m eager to bounce back quickly.”