Scans on Thursday confirmed he had suffered only a minor strain but Scorchers are likely to be cautious with him given his soft-tissue injury issues in the past two seasons.
“It’s on the very minor end of hamstring strains, two to three weeks,” Voges said on Friday. “We’re certainly hopeful that we’ll see him before the end of the tournament again.
“I think you need to [be cautious], certainly with someone of Jhye’s calibre. But we’ve got a world-class medical staff here. And I’ll trust them to put the work in with Jhye over the next two weeks. And hopefully, we’ll see him back and we’ll get him back on the park as soon as possible.”
Richardson has already had an interrupted summer. He was carefully managed by Western Australia prior to the BBL; he only played two of the first six Sheffield Shield matches of the summer battling a variety of niggles including a bruised heel.
Morris has flown to Perth and is a chance to play for Scorchers in Saturday’s clash with Brisbane Heat at Perth Stadium.
“We’ll see how he pulls up,” Voges said. “He’s done a heap of work, obviously, preparing for Test match cricket. I know he’s had a white ball in his hand over in Sydney in the last couple of days, starting to prepare to come back to us. So we’ll see how he pulls up from his plane trip today. There’s every opportunity for him tomorrow.”
“He [Payne] arrived just in the new year,” Voges said. “He’s settled in really well. He’s had a couple of training sessions with us. And we’ll have another hit out today. Quality left-arm seamer, who can swing the ball. And if he gets his opportunity tomorrow, I’m sure he’ll do a really good job.”
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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