Sydney: Rookie Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson has said he is excited to work under pace great Allan Donald during his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) stint with Pune Warriors.
Australian one-day pace man Richardson touches down on the subcontinent on Saturday to start a life-changing 700,000 dollars debut IPL gig with Donald`s Pune Warriors.
Pune snapped up Richardson despite him playing just six first-class games, drawn by the strapping 22-year-old`s 140km/h seamers, handy batting and dynamic fielding.
However, a back hot spot flared while he was representing Australia A against England Lions in Hobart six weeks ago, jeopardizing a payday second only to Mumbai Indians all rounder Glenn Maxwell`s one million pound 2013 auction price.
Richardson said it was after three weeks he got an email asking me why he hadn`t been playing, adding Donald got a bit worried and asked if a replacement player was needed but he added he has had six weeks off and he is good to go.
Richardson rates linking with first-time head coach Donald, who took 330 wickets at 22 in 72 Tests using premium 150km/h fast bowling, as a priceless cricket education.
Richardson said he has Allan Donald as a bowling coach and he is one of the greatest that has ever been.
Richardson added Donald now leads that great South African pace attack and just learning what blokes like Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel do will be awesome, adding if he could take anything away from him, it would be awesome.
Richardson, however, is gutted he won`t get to play under his childhood idol, Michael Clarke, at Pune, who is sidelined until June by a degenerative back condition.
First Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:18