Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide

Starc's sore calf opens door for Richardson

Daniel Brettig

January 12, 2013

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Mitchell Starc got Upul Tharanga caught behind, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 11, 2013
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Mitchell Starc is out of the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday and may miss further matches beyond after complaining of calf soreness following Australia's opening win at the MCG. The South Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson has been called into the squad as cover.

As the most durable of Australia's young fast bowlers over the past year, Starc has played successfully for the national side across three formats without injury since his Test debut against New Zealand in late 2011. However his spell of six overs in Melbourne, returning the figures of 1 for 25, resulted in the calf complaint.

The injury marks an unfortunate point in the summer for Australia's fast bowlers, meaning every paceman in the first Test squad of the season has suffered an injury of some kind.

James Pattinson was first to break down with a side injury, Peter Siddle missed the Perth Test due to a hamstring problem, and Josh Hazlewood had foot stress hot spots uncovered while bowling in the WACA ground nets. Ben Hilfenhaus suffered side injury in Hobart, Shane Watson fell prey to a calf strain in Melbourne, and now Starc has suffered similarly.

While the Australian team physio Alex Kountouris described the problem as minor, calf trouble is infamously stubborn, as Watson can attest after suffering a string of the injuries in recent times. "Mitchell Starc had some mild right calf soreness after the match at the MCG last night," Kountouris said.

"Whilst we are not majorly concerned about it, we have withdrawn him from the game on Sunday as a precaution. He will be reassessed over the next few days and is a possibility to play next weekend's matches against Sri Lanka if his symptoms resolve."

If Starc's withdrawal is another blow to Australia's efforts to reduce the amount of injuries suffered by their fast bowlers, Richardson's call-up is a reward for some of the more eye-catching performances in domestic limited overs matches this summer, including one haul of 6 for 48 at Adelaide Oval.

"Kane has been called in as cover in the squad due to his impressive form in the limited overs formats this season," the national selector John Inverarity said. "This provides another great opportunity for a young player as we look to build towards Cricket World Cup in 2015."

A part of Australia's winning Under 19 World Cup team in 2010, 21-year-old Richardson has impressed many with his speed, aggression and the ability to fire in a mean yorker. He may now get the chance to debut for Australia on his home ground.

Should Richardson be included he will, like the rest, benefit from the guidance provided by Brad Haddin's presence in the dressing room. The captain George Bailey said Haddin's influence had been notable in preparation for the opening match, helping a team of players getting used to the international game learn from a player with years of war stories to tell.

"One of the challenges with the group is the lack of experience," Bailey said. "Having someone as composed as Brad is, not only on the ground but off the ground in the way he sets up for the game, the way he prepares, it's something that I take a lot out of. The debutants and the guys who have played even less than I have would certainly get a lot out of the way he is.

"I thought he kept beautifully, and even the way he batted, I thought Sri Lanka bowled quite well at the back end of their innings, but he and David Hussey just found a way to keep that score ticking over and that was really important to get that score up around 300."

Bailey was also satisfied by the way his men had blunted the threats posed by Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis. Both Malinga and Mendis were expected to be the major threats to Australia's batting, but were to return the poorly combined figures of 2 for 123 from 20 overs, something Bailey attributed partly to the new ODI rule limiting the fielding side to four fielders outside the circle at any one time.

"It's certainly good for our confidence, that we stuck to our plans on how to play both of them," Bailey said. "One of the advantages we will have for a brief little period is that we've played the four out rule for a season and a half domestically.

"That's something that we may have adjusted a little bit better to, whereas I'm not sure those guys have been exposed to that much. That does take a little bit of adjustment and a little bit of re-jigging of your plans. I certainly expect them to bounce back. For our confidence, to be able to pick off their best bowlers like that was really good."

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Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

@Shaggy076 on (January 13 2013, 03:59 AM GMT) - on wicket taking alone, at this stage, WOULD of gone with Nick Coulter-Nile. He has taken 2 more wickets, with one more match. I think Richo was convenient, not expected to play - then MJ pulled out as well as Starc, suddenly Kane gets a game. Reminds me a bit of when Luke Pomersbach got a T20 gig a few years back.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 13, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Fair point Meety - I'm not sure who else around the country has been any more successful recently than Richo at the Ford Ranger games. The selectors have picked Khawaja on half of season Ford cup games rather than Fergusson on 3 good years so they have set a precedent.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

WHY,WHY,WHY does the Australian cricket teram have more injuries than a Rugby League team which is a contact sport and part of the game plan is to damage the opposition. Perhaps they are just not match hardened - read Len Pascoe's advice

Posted by Meety on (January 13, 2013, 0:52 GMT)

Really happy for Richo, thought for a while now that he is a good prospect, that said, if he gets a go BEFORE Cutting, I will be forced to streak at an ODI in protest! (Watchout NSP!) @ jonesy2 on (January 12 2013, 05:44 AM GMT) - true, I'd of gone NC-N! Maybe Berry did him (Richo) a favour recently by batting him @ #3 & he is line to replace Khawaja???? @Jono Makim - you stole my thunder! @Shaggy076 on (January 12 2013, 11:30 AM GMT) - I am happy for him, I think most people querying his selection, is not about his performances as such, just that we have had some guys who have performed for longer periods at the same or better standard. I am happy for the guy, but there were other blokes I'd of liked to have seen first. I would love to see Richo actually become an automatic selection for Sth Oz Shield side first!

Posted by tfjones1978 on (January 12, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

Its sad to see so many of our fast bowlers getting hurt, but its good to see that Australia has such depth. I think player management is very important and resting players has shown results with us winning the last four international matches and only loosing 1-0 to SA, whom is a more experienced and more talented side at the moment. Australia are showing that in another two or three years they could be number one in all three formats. Something that needs player management working like it is to succeed.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 12, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

hhillbumper - If it was a test Starc would play. Anyway we only need 3 of a possible 10 to be fit for any test - you should probably commment after the series and not before. It ddoesnt look like either Cutting or Richo will debut today with the rain we have had in Adelaide this morning.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 12, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Landl47 - The Cutting remark was aimed at Pras Punter and not yourself.

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 12, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

do you have physios in that part of the world?

Lille came back from a broken back and most of your current lot can't get over a broken nail.

As for the depths of your bowling indeed you have lots of them.Shame they are all so poor and get injured so much. just how many bowlers will you have to bring to England?

Posted by landl47 on (January 12, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@Shaggy076: I don't know what you're reading, but I can't see a single comment suggesting that Cutting should be added to the squad. Those of us who have mentioned him have talked about him being in the side, not the squad. He was in the squad for the first ODI but wasn't in the side, remember? Now that Richarsdson has been added to the squad, Cutting might again be in the squad but not in the side. Is that clear?

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 12, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

whitewash is wat sl will get , as an indian fan i want aus to win all matches and shut all sl fans who goaded indian loses , hoping that india continue aus whitewash like we did in 2010 in india 2-0 test win by sachin and co.

Posted by JoffaH911 on (January 12, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

@Mervo: McDermott can hardly get a game for QLD so I don't know how he would warrant selection in what may be an AusA squad. And perhaps you should get foxtel and watch some games, Richardson has been much more impressive than coulter-nile and do I need to mention the fact that Cutting went very close to (if not did return) the worst figures in a ryobi cup match ever

Posted by blink182alex on (January 12, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

I think it's a good decision, the selectors could of easily just selected someone with a bit of experience like a Hastings or Bollinger for example, but they're looking forward to the 2015 WC, this is a good opportunity to pick a guy with a ton of potential to get some games under his belt before a big tournament or tests. Richardson may not have stand out numbers in first class cricket but from watching him in the BBL this year i can see why he was selected, he's tall, swings the ball, bowls a good yorker and up to 150kph plus he can bat, he would get into Sri Lanka's team.

Posted by reddawn1975 on (January 12, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Yeah it's pretty exciting Richo has been given a shot i do feel for Coulter-Nile i think he needs to play at the next level to be his best he just has that little something about him in his game.And butterworth from Tassie not a bad idea either he is an excellent player whom excels in big games his time will come.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 12, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Good to see another South Aussie coming through!

Posted by srriaj317 on (January 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Now where are the blokes who were slamming the rotation policy at the MCG test? If Starc had broken down during that game, everyone would have jumped on them saying young bowlers like Starc need to be rested. With such an injury crisis upon us, rotation is inevitable, not debatable.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 12, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Richardson should come into the team and play at home in Adelaide, and Cutting should make his debut at home in Brisbane..... What's the problem?

Posted by Markdal on (January 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Although Coulter-Nile might be unlucky, I'm not unhappy to see Richardson selected. At leat it shows that this selection panel is taking domestic form into account, as Richardson has gone well in both the shorter forms this season.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 12, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

So many guys do no research or read the article before commenting, for everyone that has asked for CUtting well he couldnt be added to the squad because he is already in. I saw a call for Butterworth cant remember him playing one-day cricket. Those that dont know who Kane Richardson is well you really have no business commenting. THey have gone with Richo because he can bowl close to 150 clicks, great yorker (which Coulter-Nile doesnt have), gun fielder and a decent bat. Has batted at 3 in shield cricket. I for one thinks he deserves his chance and could be a great player come the next world cup. Well done Richo.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 12, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney : "it is disappointing to see Starc join the long list of injured Aussie paceman, especially after being rested for a Test recently." . It's a plague. .. what the hell are we doing wrong down here!! I'm convinced it's far too early to make any sort of judgement call on the rotation policy. It will take at least 2 full seasons for it too kick in properly imo. As far as I'm concerned, the jury is still out. .. meanwhile, it's been enlightening to see that our fast bowling stocks are actually pretty damn decent and there are quite a few guys capable of covering injuries to our preferred attack. It's a real pity our batting reserves aren't so deep though.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 12, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

@jmcilhinney, this is clearly a precautionary move by the control freak statisticians who are running the show at CA. I liked Geoff Lawson's analogy "the inmates are running the asylum." The modern world is becoming a bizarre place, where people think that yoy can gain control of reality by measuring everything. Maybe these cricket scientists can land a job as talent scouts for the porn industry. Its about the only rational application I can think of for their way of processing reality.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 12, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

@Mervo (post on January 12 2013, 10:36 AM GMT): yeah but this is an ODI - shouldn't you be looking at ListA average, which is ~28?

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 12, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Why don't you think before you post @Mervo. What have Richardson's first class stats got to do with this ODI game? Nothing! He has a strike rate in 50 over games of one wicket every 35 balls, an average of 28, and economy of 4.5. In T20s his strike rate is 18!, avrg 23 and econ 7.6. And he's only 21. Maybe somebody thinks he's a good short format bowler. But you seem to think that short format experience and stats are irrelevant to the discussion. Simply bizarre.

Posted by Mervo on (January 12, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Just checked - Richardson has a bowling average in first class cricket or 33.5! He has played only 14 matches and has a Big Bash career. Groan, our selectors take the cake.

Posted by Mervo on (January 12, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

I have never heard of Kane Richardson! Who and where is he? What about selecting the performing quality bowlers from the QLD Sheffield Shield winning side - McDermott, Cutting, Feldman? Or Counter-Nile from WA. Oh no they come from the wrong states. Obviously performance means noting as the selectors follow their self interest.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Hope to see him batting at 3 and opening the bowling...... ;-)

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 12, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

What on earth should Cutting and NCN do to get into the national side ?

Posted by PFEL on (January 12, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Forgot to mention Cummins & Harris in that injury list.

Posted by Anks_666 on (January 12, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

good opportunity for richardson. n thanks to selectors for picking the right guy at the right time.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 12, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

I think Kane Richardson is a good replacement, he has been in great form for SA this year, well deserved. Also looking forward to seeing Hughes and Khawaja rack up centuries tomorrow and Finch can go off too if he gets in, Adelaide is a great place to bat.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 12, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Both Coulter-Nile & Faulkner have more one day wickets this year & Faulkner can bat. How does Invererity justify this selection.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 12, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

while richardson deserves his chance i cant help be staggered that coulter-nile has been overlooked although that is a blessing for the mighty perth scorchers. also i thought pattinson and hazlewood are both fit?

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (January 12, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

Kane Richardson is a talent, no doubt... Perhaps he was the closest to the Adelaide Oval.. But he does not belong near an ODI team, especially when Nathan Coulter-Nile and Luke Butterworth have been waiting for the past 2 seasons.

Posted by landl47 on (January 12, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Sad to see Mitchell Starc join the parade passing through the physio's room every day. Hopefully it's nothing serious and he'll be back in the side in a week.

I've never seen Kane Richardson, so it will be interesting to see how he goes if he gets a game. However, surely Cutting will now be given a chance? He has a solid record of performance behind him and it must be time to see whether he's good enough for the next level.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 12, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

The depth of Australia's bowling stocks sees no end.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 12, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

It's probably a good thing that that 2015 WC is in Australia because you get the feeling that they will need to replace the bowling attack after each game. Seriously though, all fats bowlers are going to pick up injuries at some point but it is disappointing to see Starc join the long list of injured Aussie paceman, especially after being rested for a Test recently. He looked like he was the one to buck the trend.

Posted by ThemanID on (January 12, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

At this rate, Australia will have to go to the ashes with 3 debutants and mitchell johnson

Posted by mux164 on (January 12, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

good thing we have a rotation system going otherwise players might get injured and have to miss a game

Posted by whippersnapper on (January 12, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

I would have thought Nathan Coulter-Nile would be the next cab but look forward to seeing this young bloke goes. So I guess Cutting will debut in Radelaide? Exciting times.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 12, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Richardson should get a game for Australia. He has been very impressive in the recent past and has a good variety for death overs bowling . particularly impressive with his athletic fielding which is missing in this aussie side except a few outstanding fielders. what stunned me was his ability 2 bowl 140k + and less than120 . Richardson can be a very handy cricketer in shorter versions of the game.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

Sore Calf......here's a chance for the panel of team physio's to get together to rule another player out for the season. Got to love a season ending injury, and don't even think of coming back early (like when the soreness goes away) - just ask James Patterson.

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