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BBL 2022-23: Perth Scorchers’ fast bowler ruled out for 2-3 weeks

BBL 2022-23: Perth Scorchers' fast bowler ruled out for 2-3 weeks
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Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out for the next two to three weeks due to a minor hamstring strain. The injury occurred during Wednesday’s match against Sydney Thunder, and scans confirmed the extent of the damage on Thursday.

This is not the first time Richardson has struggled with soft-tissue injuries, so the Scorchers are likely to be cautious in his recovery. However, coach Adam Voges is hopeful that Richardson will be able to return in time for the BBL finals, should the Scorchers qualify.

In the meantime, the Scorchers have received a boost with the return of Lance Morris from the Australian Test squad. Morris and Marcus Harris flew out of Sydney on Friday to join their respective BBL teams.

Harris has joined the Melbourne Renegades, while Morris has a chance to play for the Scorchers in their upcoming match against the Brisbane Heat. The Scorchers also have the option of selecting Gloucestershire left-arm seamer David Payne, who has joined the team as an overseas replacement for Tymal Mills.

In addition to replacing Richardson, the Scorchers must also find a replacement for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. Du Plessis will be leaving to play in the SA20 league, and Englishman Adam Lyth will fill in for the upcoming match against the Heat.

However, Lyth is also set to leave after that to join the ILT20 in the UAE, so Middlesex batter Stephen Eskinazi has joined the Scorchers as an overseas replacement.

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