Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Kane Richardson’s first task at the T20 World Cup is to adapt to the UAE’s furnace heat.

The Australian paceman has come straight from Adelaide’s mild spring and green spaces to dusty conditions and temperatures of the high 30s.

At the team’s first full training session on Friday, Richardson lasted 10 deliveries during his bowling period before needing a drink as the temperature reached 36 degrees.

“I just try to back up what I have in my kit bag and perform as best I can,” he said.

“It was tough yesterday with our first hit-out – it was 2pm so it was at its peak.

“I certainly felt it more than the guys who have played in the IPL.

“Some of the IPL boys said it was one of the cooler days they’ve experienced … (they) said they had to put on a jumper.”

But if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught Richardson and his teammates anything, it’s adaptation.

“We’ve been learning for the last 18 months to be really agile, and Matthew Wade talked about it – if this was our preparation two years ago, we’d probably kick and scream,” he said.

“But everyone has become so used to it now, it’s not a problem.

“Our group is so experienced, everyone has played enough cricket … you do not lose your skill due to lack of playing time.

“We have a week. There are plenty of time and opportunities.”

Once Richardson is used to the heat, he must do what he can to break into the Australian lineup.

They will have warm-up matches against India and New Zealand before their tournament opener against South Africa on October 23 in Abu Dhabi.

Paceman Josh Hazlewood’s excellent IPL form certainly guarantees him a start, and that will make it difficult for Richardson to get on the team early in the tournament.

“On the surface, I would say it (local conditions) suits myself. But whether it’s enough to be picked … spin is going to play a huge factor,” he said.

“I have always said all the time, as long as I make the decision as hard as I can for the voters, so if it still means I will not be elected, let it be.”

While Richardson comes from months without international matches, he doubts it will be a problem.

“The advantage of coming from not much cricket is the ability to play or train, blocks are going to jump on (it),” he said.

“So if I do not start in a week’s time, I will still do enough to be ready to play.

“I’m so eager to get outside and do things.”

2020 World Cup for men in T20

Australian squad

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa . Travel Reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

Australia’s matches

Oct 23 v South Africa in Abu Dhabi (14.00 local time, 21.00 AEDT)

Oct 28 v Qualifier A1 in Dubai (18:00 local time, 01:00 29 October AEDT)

Oct 30 v England in Dubai (18:00 local time, 01:00 31 October AEDT)

Nov 4 v Qualifier B2 in Dubai (14.00 local time, 21.00 AEDT)

Nov 6 v Caribbean in Abu Dhabi (14.00 local time, 21.00 AEDT)



How the teams are grouped

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Holland, Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman

Super 12s

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, Caribbean, A1, B2

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, B1, A2

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