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Kane Richardson: The Stats

Monday 12th December 2022

Men’s First Team

Vitality Blast

With Aussie seamer Kane Richardson joining us for the Vitality Blast beginning in May, our Senior Data Analyst Dan Weston looks at what the right-armer will bring us this T20 season.

Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener for 2023 is against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on Wednesday 24 May – entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.

I’ve worked with Kane in my other role at Birmingham Phoenix, and I’m really excited that he has joined Kent for T20s this year.

He’s able to make big contributions when it matters most – he was voted as Melbourne Renegades’ best player in the 2021/22 KFC Big Bash League (BBL), and that shouldn’t have come as a surprise. He took 19 wickets in 10 matches with an outstanding economy rate of 8.21, averaging 16.42 with a strike rate of 12 balls per wicket.

This was backed up by dominating in The Hundred for Birmingham Phoenix in 2022, taking 13 wickets in 7 matches, again showing an outstanding economy rate of 7.89, averaging 13.15 and taking a wicket every 10 balls.

He’ll be looking to make an impression on batters from the get-go and has proven his ability to bowl inside the powerplay – he has an economy rate of only 7.93 inside the first six overs since the start of 2021. This is crucial to put pressure on a team’s openers, which hopefully result in either a wicket or a wicket for another cog in the wheel of Kent’s bowling attack.

Like Fred Klaassen, he will also be bringing experience of playing international T20 cricket to Kent. Kane has 44 wickets in 35 T20 internationals for Australia, averaging 23.29 with an economy rate of 8.33 and taking a wicket every 16.7 balls.

We’ve seen Fred’s abilities to limit batters in what we call the ‘death overs’ in T20s for Kent in the last couple of years, and Kane’s numbers mirror the Dutch left-armer’s abilities. Richardson has a 9.08 economy rate in the last 5 overs in all T20 matches since the start of 2021, taking a wicket every 8.3 balls – if a team needs more than ten an over against Kent in the final few overs this coming season, Kane will be an invaluable asset to us as we look to try and close out matches.

Tickets for all matches at Kent Cricket in the 2023 season, including the Vitality Blast, One-Day Cup & LV= Insurance County Championship are on sale now:

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