National selector Trevor Hohns said Kane Richardson has been rewarded for strong performances in the Sheffield Shield and his efforts when selected for Australia in limited overs cricket, where he continues to impress.
Richardson played his junior cricket in Darwin with Pint and Waratah Cricket Clubs, representing the NT in the U15 Championships before his move to South Australia. In 2009 he was named in Australia’s U19 squad for the U19 Cricket World Cup in India, where he starred with bat and ball to help Australia to their third U19 World Cup Title. Richardson continued to play for the SA Redbacks and made his first class debut for SA in the Sheffield Sheild in 2010/2011.
In 2014 he returned to Darwin to play in the Australia A series against India A, South Africa A and the National Performance Squad. Richardson impressed national selectors with his performance in the quad series and was included in both the ODI and T20 squads, making his debut for Australia in October 2014.
Mark Sorell, Senior Manager of Pathways and Cricket praised Kane Richardson’s effort and work ethic. “We’re proud to show that the Northern Territory can offer a great opportunity for players to develop their careers and move through the pathway to state cricket and on to higher honours. With several of our NT cricketers like D’Arcy Short and Tabatha Saville making their way into state cricket, BBL/WBBL, and international cricket, the NT is fast being recognized as a key exporter of talent to the Cricket Australia pathway”.
National Selector Trevor Hohns wrapped up the selections saying, “There has been bit of a focus in this contracting period on white-ball cricket, as we look ahead to trying to win back-to-back World Cups. The period ahead is set to include a significant amouth of limited overs cricket, ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.’
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