Jhye Richardson’s World Cup hopes are still alive.
Jhye Richardson’s World Cup hopes are still alive.

Richardson receives World Cup boost

JHYE Richardson's World Cup hopes have received a major boost, with the early indication being that the young paceman does not require surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder.

Richardson, who at age 22 was on track to be the youngest member of Australia's World Cup squad, returned home from the UAE earlier this week following a fielding mishap during game two in Sharjah.

Subsequent scans in Perth have given the West Australian hope of being fit for Australia's Cup opener on June 1 against Afghanistan in England.

"The scans demonstrated the usual soft tissue damage we expect following a dislocation but fortunately has excluded any bone damage or fracture," team doctor Richard Saw said on Thursday.

"We are hopeful that Jhye will not require surgery but he will see a shoulder specialist early next week for a further opinion.

"We will be able to provide an update in respect to next steps once we have all the information on the table."

Richardson still faces a precarious path to the World Cup given the injury is to his bowling arm.

But if the right-armer avoids going under the knife it will give him a fighting chance of taking part in the 50-over tournament.

Selectors are due to meet in the next fortnight to settle on Australia's 15-man World Cup squad.

 

Deciding which batsmen to axe from the current 15-man squad to accommodate Steve Smith and David Warner's return will be incredibly tough but settling on which bowlers to take will also be a challenge.

Mitchell Starc (torn pec) and Josh Hazlewood (back) are yet to fully recover from setbacks but hope to be coming off the long run in May.

Starc, Hazlewood and Richardson all arguably warrant a place in the squad but selectors may be reluctant to include three underdone bowlers in the World Cup squad.

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