Jhye Richardson’s return to Sheffield Shield cricket saw him take four wickets for the first time in over a year as Western Australia dismissed Queensland for 275 at the Gabba.
Richardson, who has spent a year on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury, showed he has lost none of his zip with the ball in a promising return against a powerful Queensland side.
Against a strong Queensland side, Richardson took 4-36 off 23 overs. His team did not have it all their way, however, as Usman Khawaja scored a century to keep Queensland in the game.
Khawaja, who looked comfortable throughout his innings, guided Queensland to 275 before declaring the innings closed. Richardson, who bowled powerfully throughout the day, was pleased with his performance after the match.
“Rusty early, but managed to get into it and felt good by the end,” said Richardson. “The shoulder’s no issue … throwing is going to be a work in progress as it has been for the last two years, but bowling-wise, all good.”
Although Richardson’s side has struggled against Queensland and is currently last in the table, Richardson’s four wickets reminded onlookers that he is still a force to be reckoned with.
Just days after being endorsed for a Test return by former captain Tim Paine, Richardson’s performance could not have come at a better time as he looks to make his way back into the Australian Test squad.