Pacer Kane Richardson has withdrawn from Australia’s limited-overs squad to face India to stay with his wife and newborn son in Adelaide, which is battling a coronavirus outbreak.
The 29-year-old Kane has been replaced by fellow quick Andrew Tye who was part of the squad on Australia’s recent white-ball tour to England.
Richardson informed selectors about his decision after South Australia announced a six-day ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown to contain a sudden coronavirus outbreak in the state capital Adelaide.
Batsmen Josh Philippe and D’Arcy Short were also added to Australia’s training squad Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
“It was a difficult decision for Kane to make but one which has the complete support of the selectors and the entire playing squad,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.
“Kane wanted to remain in Adelaide with Nyki and their newborn son. We will always support our players and their families, even more so given the challenging environment we are in,” added Hohns.
Note, the preparations for the series against India have been tangled by the outbreak in Adelaide where the first Test is scheduled at the Adelaide Oval from December 17-21.
On the other hand, India and Australia’s white-ball squads are gearing up for three ODIs and as many T20Is in Sydney and Canberra beginning on November 27.