In the absence of the "Big Three", <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jhye-richardson/">Jhye Richardson</a> stepped up in grand fashion during <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia">Australia</a> s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-1st-odi-jhye-richardsons-4-26-helps-australia-beat-india-by-34-runs-790265">34-run win</a> over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India">India</a> in the first ODI in Sydney. Richardson, playing only his fifth ODI, picked up career-best figures of 4/26, making a strong case for the World Cup. And even though Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are expected to shepherd Australia s fast bowling department in England starting May 30, the impact Richardson made should not be overlooked. (<strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/i-will-remember-virat-kohlis-wicket-for-a-very-long-time-jhye-richardson-790351">Will remember Kohli's wicket for a long time - Richadrson</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>That said, the 22-year-old isn t looking too far down the road and is rather focussing on the next two matches. Between now and the World Cup, a handful of matches remain for the five-time World Champions, and although Richardson is keen on grabbing all the opportunities given to him, he is not losing sleep over the prospect of a World Cup berth. <p></p> <p></p>"My focus is on these two games coming up," Richardson said after the match on Saturday. "Justin (Langer, head coach) has said it s a great opportunity to be able to push your selection (case) for the World Cup. But we ve still got a lot of white-ball cricket between now and then." <p></p> <p></p>"So, I think it ll be for me to concentrate on these two games then if I m lucky enough to get picked for the next tour, it ll be concentrating on those games. Then if I get picked, I get picked. All I can concentrate on is what s happening now." <p></p> <p></p>Richardson punctured India s chase early in the innings, removing captain Virat Kohli for 3 and Ambati Rayudu for a duck in a space of three deliveries to leave India reeling at 4/3. Later, he returned to grab two more of Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja to bring Australia closer to victory. <p></p> <p></p>Besides the World Cup, another big series Australia will want to do well in is the Ashes. Like any young cricketer, Richardson s "dream" is to help Australia defend the Ashes, in July. But for the time being, it is about assisting Australia in breaking their three-bilateral series losing streak. <p></p> <p></p>"That s the dream, I d love to play an Ashes tour," Richardson said. "Obviously if I keep going well then nothing is out of the question. But as I ve said, my focus is here and now and we ll go from there."