Adelaide’s coronavirus cluster has forced changes upon the Australian cricket team ahead of next week’s opening One Day International against India with Kane Richardson withdrawing from the squad.
Fast bowler Richardson has opted to remain in Adelaide, which has now entered a seven-day lockdown, to be with his wife and newborn son and has been replaced by Perth Scorchers white-ball star Andrew Tye.
WA-based trio Cameron Green, D'Arcy Short and Josh Philippe have also flown east to link up with the Australian group, with the latter two not part of the official squad but they will train with them next week.
Richardson’s withdrawal comes with the series due to start on Friday 27 November, with the Indians arriving in Australia last week and currently in mandatory 14-day quarantine.
“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.
“We will miss what he brings to the team but completely understand and support his decision.
“AJ is incredibly skilled in both forms of the short game. He impressed in the UK with his high work ethic and his positive energy around the squad. He is a great player to be able to call on.”
Australia and India will play three ODIs, before three T20Is, with all white ball games to be played in Sydney and Canberra.
The two nations will then play four Test matches, with the opening Test scheduled to start on December 17 in Adelaide, which is being closely monitored by authorities after their recent COVID-19 cases.