South Australian speed sensation, Kane ‘Richo’ Richardson, has received his Australian ODI cap, presented by Australian selector and former Australian wicket keeper, Rod Marsh, just before the second Commonwealth Bank Series one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval.
Called into the ODI squad as cover for an injured Mitchell Starc, Richardson’s international debut comes after being previously touted as the ‘next big thing’ in Australian cricket. He joins his Striker team-mate Phillip Hughes in the national team.
A member of the victorious Australian Under 19 World Cup team in 2010, Richardson has come of age this season, dominating with the ball for the West End Redbacks and his KFC T20 Big Bash League team Adelaide Strikers.
A deadly yorker and vicious pace have helped Richardson claim 10 wickets in BBL|02, as well as claiming 10 wickets in 4 games of the Ryobi One Day Cup competition, including a stellar performance against Queensland, claiming 6/48.
Known for his talent in the shorter forms of the game, Richardson proved late last year he had plenty to contribute in the longer format of the game, claiming six wickets in two Bupa Sheffield Shield games for the West End Redbacks.
Richardson has already been rewarded for his superb early season form, gaining selection in the upcoming Prime Minister’s XI 50-overs a side match against the West Indies on 29 January at Manuka Oval.