New Zealand beat Australia by 89 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, October 22. It is New Zealand’s first T20I win on Australian soil since 2011 and their first white ball win against Australia in Australia since 2009.
Former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Simon Doull has insisted that Kane Richardson should be included in Australia’s T20 World Cup bowling attack as they struggle to do well in the first match of the Super 12 stage in Sydney.
Australia conceded 200 runs against New Zealand’s batting attack, taking just three wickets. Both Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins went wicketless in the match, and Doull believes Kane Richardson should be included in the playing XI.
Kane Richardson Offers Them Few Variations – Simon Doull
The 53-year-old said Australia would be concerned with some of the parts of their bowling in T20 loss against New Zealand. He feels Kane Richardson should be included in the side as they don’t have a good change-up bowler like Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood or Mitchell Starc.
“I think Australia would be concerned, I’d be concerned with some of the parts of the bowling. I said the other night in the warm-up match, I feel personally that Pat Cummins shouldn’t be playing in this T20 side,” Doull told Zainab Abbas on the Digital Daily in the aftermath of Australia’s loss.
“I think Kane Richardson should be playing. I feel that he offers them a few variations that they just don’t have. It’s same-same. It’s pace on, pace on, pace on. Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood, Cummins – they don’t have a really good change-up bowler.”
“We saw from Tim Southee tonight (Saturday) with some of those change-ups that that certainly played a part from New Zealand’s point of view. So I feel that Richardson should be in the side (though) it’s a big call though to drop.”
Kane Richardson was a member of Australia’s winning T20 World Cup squad last year, although he did not feature in the playing XI at any stage in the UAE. Richardson took 199 wickets in 153 T20 matches at an economy rate of 8.02. The 31-year-old has played 34 T20Is for Australia, taking 43 wickets at an economy rate of 8.21.