Andrew Tye has replaced Kane Richardson in the Australia squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against India. Richardson has withdrawn from the squad to be with his wife and their newborn son, Cricket Australia said in a statement. CA national selector Trevor Hohns said on Wednesday that it was a difficult decision for Kane Richardson to make. “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,” he added.
“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,” Hohns said of Tye. “He is a great player to be able to call on.” The 33-year-old Tye has played 7 ODIs and 26 T20 internationals and was a backup paceman on Australia’s recent tour to England, which finished with an ODI series win. Andrew Tye has picked up 12 ODI and 37 T20I wickets respectively. On Tuesday, Cricket Australia undertook a mass airlift of players from around the country following a Covid-19 outbreak in Adelaide which forced heavy restrictions to be imposed in the city. AJ Tye was a part of Australia’s squas in 2018 when they last played India at home. AJ Tye has also played in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) and won the purple cap in IPL 2018.
The three ODIs will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (November 27, 29) and Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 2). That will be followed by the three T20Is at Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 4) and the SCG (December 6, 8). After that, both teams will compete in a four-Test series beginning on December 17.
Australia ODI & T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey , Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Andrew Tye, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa