Australia’s depleted ODI squad suffered a blow as Kane Richardson ruled out of the remainder of their tour with a hamstring injury. Richardson sustained the injury on March 21 during training in Melbourne.
Ben Dwarshuis is selected to play in the white-ball leg of the tour consisting of three ODIs and a solitary T20I. The Australian team will field an inexperienced pace bowling attack, considering the first-choice seamers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins won’t be a part of the limited-overs matches.
With 11 games under his belt, Jason Behrendorff will now be the most experienced pacer on the market. Dwarshuis and Nathan Ellis have yet to make their debut, while Sean Abbott has played two ODIs. Australia has a number of pace bowling options, including all-rounders Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis.
“One thing that will help is the guys have played a lot of T20 cricket,” Aaron Finch said on the pace-bowling group. “Playing T20 cricket will help them in that regard,” he said. There are a lot of skillful players in the group and guys that have been around cricket for a long time domestically as well.
“Having a lot of faith in their own ability is really important. When you have got guys like Abbott, he’s been around (international cricket) for a long time, Behrendorff (as well) – they’ve played a lot of state cricket, so I think it’ll be fine.”