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SA's Richardson returns for one-dayer
Steve Larkin
15:27 AEST Fri Feb 8 2013

South Australian paceman Kane Richardson will return to elite cricket on Saturday for the first time since being banned from bowling during his international debut.

Richardson has undergone remedial work since his sour Australian limited overs debut last month when, after bowling six overs, he was banned for running on the wicket.

The 21-year-old quick will return for the Redbacks when they host Victoria in a pivotal one-day match at Adelaide Oval.

SA coach Darren Berry said Richardson had changed the angle of his run-up, but not his bowling action.

"We're confident with the alterations that we have made, a slightly different angled approach to the wicket," Berry told reporters on Friday.

"He has worked for the last two and a half weeks to slightly alter the last three or four steps and certainly he's looking 100 per cent confident in practice."

The second-placed Redbacks have 18 points in the one-day competition, one point shy of leaders Victoria.

"On numbers, if we win we are guaranteed a final," Berry said.

"And then we have still got two more games to play and obviously we would like to have a home final, we won it here in Adelaide last year, so that is our goal.

"We would love to knock the Vics off top spot and take that on Saturday night."

Berry resisted a temptation to summon 19-year-old Travis Head for the match, despite the batsman having recovered from being struck by a car following SA's Sheffield Shield win against the Victorians on January 27.

"To see Travis on the side of the road being hit by a car - it could have been a whole lot worse," Berry said.

"Travis has had a real wake-up call but it wasn't nothing against him, he simply crossed the road and the bloke (driving the car) came around the corner and collected him."

Saturday's squads:

South Australia: Johan Botha (capt), Cullen Bailey, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Jake Haberfield, Michael Klinger, Tim Ludeman, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers (12th man to be named)

Victoria: Cameron White (capt), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, John Hastings, Peter Handscomb, Michael Hill, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Darren Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Chris Rogers and Will Sheridan (12th man to be named).


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