SYDNEY, Nov. 18 (Reuters) – Pace pitcher Kane Richardson has retired from the Australian limited series against India to spend time with his newborn son and has been replaced by Andrew Tye, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday .
Tye was part of the Australian squad during their recent limited tour of England.
“It was a tough decision for Kane to make, but one who has the full support of the selectors and the entire playing team,” national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.
“Kane wanted to stay in Adelaide with Nyki and their newborn son. We will always support our players and their families; all the more so given the difficult environment we find ourselves in.”
The tour of India has been complicated in recent days with a new coronavirus outbreak in South Australia, which will host the first test from December 17.
The limited overs series, comprising three one-day matches and three Twenty20s in Sydney and Canberra, will precede the four tests.
Cricket Australia added that due to the outbreak, D’Arcy Short and Josh Philippe will train with the limited Australian squad in Sydney from next week before joining their Big Bash squads.