Australian speedster Jhye Richardson has not taken to the field for WA, suffering a back spasm ahead of day two of the Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania at the WACA Ground.
The 25-year-old suffered an “acute mid-back spasm” in the warm-up and is undergoing treatment, according to Nick Jones, the Sports Science Medicine Manager at WA Cricket.
He was replaced on-field by Cameron Gannon.
The right-arm pace ace didn’t play in Friday’s Marsh One-Day Cup loss to the Tigers but returned to the side for the opening day of the Shield clash.
After a disastrous start for WA that saw their top order collapse – with rising star Josh Philippe the only stand-out with a knock of 60 off 143 – Richardson was struck on the abdomen by a Peter Siddle delivery.
He grasped at the area around his ribs as he was checked over by Dr Thomas Hill but continued his innings.
He claimed the only Tasmanian scalp on day one, with opener Tim Ward going for a duck after edging a delivery that was easily taken by Cameron Bancroft at second slip.
The Tigers resumed day two on 1-8, with Caleb Jewell and nightwatchman Lawrence Neil-Smith at the crease.
Neil-Smith was given a lifeline early when Shaun Marsh dropped a catch that was edged to first slip.
It appears confusion between keeper Josh Philippe and Marsh caused the error.
With around 25-30mm of rain forecast for Tuesday, it’s hoped Richardson will return to the field on day two.