West End Redbacks quick and recent Australia ODI squad inclusion Kane Richardson says he’s treating his latest international limited-overs call-up as an opportunity to position himself as the “next cab off the rank” outside of Australia’s pace quartet.
A self-proclaimed ‘realist’ in regards to Australia’s bowling depth and the dominance of the ‘Big Four’ in Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson, the 26-year-old says he’ll treat his white-ball opportunities as a chance to impress should a spot in Australia’s bowling unit arise over the summer.
And despite Australia’s tour of India to be played on pitches renowned for favouring tweakers over speedsters, Richardson says he’s looking forward to the extra opportunity to impress selectors.
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“For me it’s all about being the next guy in,” he said.
“If the four big quicks are up and about for Australia there’s probably not going to be a lot of opportunity, but for everybody else around Australia it’s about trying to be in that next group.
“The beauty of being a fast bowler is that if you’re fit, there’s always an opportunity to play.”
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As has been the case in recent times with Australian mainstay Josh Hazlewood succumbing to a side strain during Australia’s Test match loss to Bangladesh that will see him join Starc and Pattinson on the sideline, Richardson is hopeful his own injury woes are behind him.
And fresh off a season in which he managed a career-high eight Shield matches to go along with 32 wickets, he’s mindful that representing Australia at the highest level remains a possibility should he be able to maintain both his form and fitness.
“Down the track, I’m still 26. I want to play Test cricket more than anything,” he said.
“Performances in one-day cricket will help that goal, as well as coming back here to South Australia and playing well.”
But with no competitive cricket under his belt since March, the right-arm seamer insists his focus remains on making the most of his chance in the subcontinent rather than setting any lofty long-term goals for the summer ahead.
“In terms of goals I haven’t really thought about it to be honest,” he said when quizzed on his aspirations for the tour.
“We’ve just been running around an oval and doing weights for four months, so I might sit down and have a think about that on the plane on the way over there.”