The Australian pacer, Kane Richardson, has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against Pakistan due to a hamstring injury. Cricket Australia has named left-arm pacer Ben Dwarshuis as his replacement for the upcoming tour.
Details indicate that Richardson pulled his hamstring during a training session in Melbourne ahead of the squad’s planned departure to Lahore in a few days. Despite the injury not being considered a long-term problem, the team believes Richardson’s best interests are served by not traveling and aggravating the injury further.
Australia’s pace bowling options are severely impacted as their three-star pacers, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood have already been rested for the three ODIs and one T20I.
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The pace attack will be led by Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Ellis, and Sean Abbott, with Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis providing support for the front-line seamers.
Here is Australia’s updated white-ball squad:
|Aaron Finch (c)||Steve Smith||Travis Head||Marnus Labuschagne|
|Mitchell Marsh||Marcus Stoinis||Sean Abbott||Ashton Agar|
|Cameron Green||Alex Carey||Josh Inglis||Ben McDermott|
|Jason Behrendorff||Nathan Allis||Adam Zampa||Ben Dwarshuis|
Pakistan and Australia will play their limited-overs series beginning on 29 March with the first ODI. On 4 April, two teams will meet in a one-off Twenty20I marking the end of the historic tour. All games will take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.