Australia pacer Jhye Richardson ruled out of 2019 ICC World Cup

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A blow for Richardson and Australia.

In a big blow to Australia, pacer Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England after failing to recover from a dislocated shoulder in time.

The young pacer had shown plenty of promise after a breakthrough year in international cricket but he will now be replaced by Kane Richardson in Australia’s 15-man squad for the World Cup.

Jhye Richardson had earlier picked up the shoulder injury while fielding in the deep during the ODI series between Pakistan and Australia in the UAE.

“This is, obviously, very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process,” Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

“After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required and therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad.

Richardson had earlier been named in Australia's World Cup squad.

Richardson had earlier been named in Australia’s World Cup squad.

“Jhye will continue with his rehabilitation and we will look to resume bowling in the coming weeks. At this stage, we are still hopeful that he could be available for the Australia A tour of England.”

The 22-year-old pacer will now be aiming to be fit in time for Australia A’s tour of England which is set to take place at the end of June. He will hope to make his case for an Ashes call up during the tour with the historic Test series between England and Australia due to start in August.

Since making his ODI debut for Australia last year, Richardson has gone on to claim 24 wickets in 12 matches at an average of just over 26. The right-armed pacer was handed his Test debut at the start of the year in Australia’s home series against Sri Lanka.

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Shai Hope's ton in vain as Bangladesh thump West Indies by eight wickets in ODI tri-series

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Tamim Iqbal top-scored for Bangladesh with 80.

Half-centuries from openers Tamim Iqbal and Saumya Sarkar were at the forefront of Bangladesh’s crushing eight-wicket win over West Indies as the Tigers opened their ODI tri-series campaign at Dublin in some style.

Despite a second consecutive ODI ton from Shai Hope, West Indies could only post 261-9 in their 50 overs after choosing to bat first.

In reply, Bangladesh cantered to victory after a 144-run opening stand between Tamim and Sarkar which completely deflated the Windies bowling unit.

It was a contrasting display from both openers with Tamim choosing to approach the chase in circumspect fashion while Sarkar took the attack to Windies’ bowlers.

Sarkar scored his 73 runs off just 68 deliveries while Tamim took as many as 116 balls for his 80. Chase provided West Indies with the much-needed breakthrough by ending Sarkar’s stay at the crease before Tamim perished to the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

However, there would be no dramatic collapse from Bangladesh with Shakib Al Hasan registering a fluent fifty to ease the side to a thumping eight-wicket win.

Back-to-back ODI centuries for Shai Hope.

Back-to-back ODI centuries for Shai Hope.

Earlier, newly appointed ODI vice-captain Shai Hope slammed a second consecutive ton to give West Indies an excellent start with the bat at Dublin.

Hope and fellow opener Sunil Ambris added 89 runs for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Bangladesh struck again almost immediately with Shakib Al Hasan sending back Darren Bravo but Windies were in control once again following another vital stand between Hope and Roston Chase.

The two batsmen forged a 115-run partnership with Chase bringing up a superb half-century. Both the set batsmen were eventually dismissed in quick succession by Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza with West Indies losing their way in the death overs from a strong position of 205-2.

Bangladesh’s bowlers, especially Mortaza and Mohammad Saifuddin, were excellent in the final nine overs or so with Windies suffering a late batting collapse.

Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman picked up two wickets but had an expensive outing with his 10 overs going for 84 runs. Mortaza was the pick of Bangladesh bowlers with the captain claiming three wickets in a tidy display.

BRIEF SCORES

West Indies: 261-9

Shai Hope: 109 (132)

Mashrafe Mortaza: 3-49

Bangladesh: 264-2

Tamim Iqbal: 80 (116)

Saumya Sarkar: 73 (68)

Shakib Al Hasan: 61 not out (61)

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Chris Gayle appointed as West Indies vice-captain for 2019 ICC World Cup

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Chris Gayle to vice-captain Windies in 2019 World Cup.

Veteran Chris Gayle has been named as the vice-captain of West Indies’ squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

The 39-year-old opening batsman last held a Windies’ leadership role in 2010 when he captained the ODI squad and he will now serve as deputy to skipper Jason Holder in the World Cup.

Gayle has earlier announced his intentions to retire from international cricket post the culmination of the 2019 World Cup.

“It is always an honour to represent the West Indies in any format and this World Cup for me is special,” the left-hander said on his appointment.

“As a senior player it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team.

“This will probably be the biggest World Cup, so there will be great expectations and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies.”

While Gayle will deputise in the World Cup, young wicketkeeper batsman Shai Hope has been named as the side’s vice-captain for the ongoing ODI tri-series in Ireland.

“It’s a tremendous honour to be appointed vice captain for this series here in Ireland,” said Hope.

“Ahead of this tournament I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I’m asked to do for West Indies cricket I’m always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great,” he added.

Windies had earlier opened their tri-series campaign against Ireland on Sunday with a 196-run win and are in action again on Tuesday against Bangladesh.

The Caribbean side will open their 2019 World Cup campaign on May 31 when they take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

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