Australia, Jhye Richardson, National Performance Squad, Glenn McGrath, MRF Pace Foundation
Richardson was ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after picking up a shoulder injury while fielding in the ODI rubber against Pakistan in March 2019. @ AFP

Australia‘s promising pacer Jhye Richardson has joined the National Performance Squad that will tour India this month. He will replace his WACA pace colleague, Aaron Hardie.

Richardson, who made his debut against Sri Lanka in Brisbane earlier this year, was ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after picking up a shoulder injury while fielding in the ODI rubber against Pakistan in March 2019.

The squad will assemble at the MRF Pace Foundation camp in Chennai helmed by Australia’s great fast bowler Glenn McGrath. The squad is scheduled to arrive in India on August 10.

Coaching the NPS is former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers while former Australia wicketkeeper Graham Manou, now working as CA’s Pathways Manager, has been named tour manager. “It is wonderful to have the quality of someone like Jhye on this tour,” Manou said.

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“The tour affords Jhye the opportunity to further hone his skills in subcontinent conditions under the watchful eye of Glenn McGrath and (NPS Head Coach) Chris Rogers. It also provides an opportunity for the younger players to work alongside Jhye. It will present them with a unique perspective of what it takes to be an international player and the discipline required to bounce back from a significant injury,” he added.

While in Chennai for two and a half weeks, the NPS will play three one-day matches and three T20s against MRF Academy teams. Among the 14 are a few successful young players from the Big Bash League, such as Sydney Sixers’ Josh Phillipe, and a few current U-19 cricketers in Oliver Davies, Lachlan Hearne, Todd Murphy and Jake Fraser-McGurk.