Aussie bowler Richardson heads home with dislocated shoulder

SYDNEY: Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson has dislocated his shoulder and will head home from the Pakistan tour, officials said, as he faces a battle to be fit for the World Cup.

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Richardson took 2-16 in the second one-dayer against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday but fell awkwardly on his bowling arm and left the field in the 11th over.

“Unfortunately it´s a dislocated shoulder for Jhye Richardson,” Cricket Australia tweeted.

The governing body added on its website that the 22-year-old — who has gone from strength-to-strength in recent months — would fly back to Perth on Monday and undergo scans to assess the damage.

“He´s obviously pretty shattered but he´s trying to stay upbeat,” teammate Nathan Lyon told reporters.

“It´s very disappointing, especially off the back of the summer that Jhye´s had.

“The way he´s been performing has been pretty impressive. Fingers crossed he can be fit for the World Cup and be in the selection (mix) there.”

Losing another quick bowler is a big blow for Australia barely two months out from the World Cup with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood also battling injuries.

AFP.

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