Injury scares in Australia are not stopping anytime soon, as Perth Scorchers quick Jhye Richardson continues to struggle with a hamstring injury, which would now rule him out of the Big Bash League final. Richardson suffered the injury in the match against Sydney Thunder on January 4, but was expected to return for the finals but that has now been ruled out.
"I think Jhye's chances are pretty slim. I'd be surprised if we see him next weekend," conceded Scorchers captain Ashton Turner.
"Jhye's such an exciting cricketer, but he's still a young guy," Turner said. "He puts his body through a lot. But we also have a bit of perspective. Jhye's got a lot of cricket ahead of him, in orange, playing for WA, playing for Australia, playing for franchises around the world.
"He's too important to put unnecessary risk on his body. I don't think it's worth putting someone's young body under too much stress."
Currently, the Scorchers will also be without Lance Morris who has joined the Australian team for the tour of India. Legspinner Peter Hatzoglou and quick Matt Kelly will be contesting for the spot vacated by Morris.
"We'll have to assess the conditions," Turner said. "Peter Hatzoglou has bowled really nicely for us over a couple of years now. He's someone who should be playing at this level. He's got a proven track record, he's won us games."