Paris called up to replace injured Richardson

Western Australia seamer Joel Paris has been called into Australia’s squad ahead of the third and final ODI against New Zealand to replace the injured Kane Richardson.

Richardson missed the second ODI on Saturday, which the Aussies won by four wickets to level the series, due to a back injury.

A left-arm seamer, the 23-year-old Paris made his international debut in the recent home series against India, playing in two of the five ODIs, taking one wicket.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “Kane Richardson’s back pain hasn’t subsided sufficiently to take part in the final ODI in Hamilton tomorrow night. He will return home today for further investigation into the issue.

“WA’s Joel Paris will join the squad  in Auckland this afternoon as cover.”

The deciding ODI will take place in Hamilton on Monday.

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