Jhye Richardson says he will learn from a tough finish to his Big Bash campaign into Australia’s Twenty20 series against New Zealand.
The Perth Scorchers tearaway was the leading wicket-taker in BBL10, earning the Golden Arm award for 29 scalps at an average of 16.3 and economy rate of 7.69 runs per over.
But Richardson admits things fell away for him during the tail-end of the tournament when his emotions ran high and he put too much pressure on himself to perform.
And it showed in his stats, taking just four wickets in the last five games, an average of just under 50 and economy rate well north of 10 as the Scorchers fell at the final hurdle.
Heading into his first international tour in nearly a year after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, the 24-year-old wants to just enjoy his cricket and not be too hard on himself.
“The main one (learning) is that T20 cricket is such a fickle game that you can’t be too hard on yourself,” Richardson said.
“It probably got to me a little bit, I probably felt a little bit of pressure having such a good tournament to then not going so well, I sort of felt like I was letting the team down a little bit.
“I put myself under pressure a little bit to perform. I wouldn’t say I was trying too hard, I was still trying to go about it the same way that I normally would, I probably just got a little bit more emotional.
“I think that was visible as well from people watching, I certainly got a few messages after games from people saying they haven’t seen me that emotional for a while.
“And that’s a really good think to get pulled up on as well, it’s something that I worked really hard on earlier in my career, was just to stay level-headed.
“I think I felt that personal pressure a little bit but learning from that and having a few conversations, especially with our bowling coach Matt Mason, he sort of said ‘mate, you just need to go about it the way that you normally do. You need to enjoy your cricket because when you do, you play really well.’
“That’s one thing I need to take into this tour, just enjoy playing cricket and not being too hard on myself because T20 cricket is such a hard game.”
Richardson confirmed he has put his hand up for the lucrative Indian Premier League auction on February 18, meaning he will miss a chunk of the Sheffield Shield season if picked up.
But he has confidence his bowling shoulder is up to the rigours of red-ball cricket after a gruelling BBL schedule.
“I have put my hand up for the IPL but having said that, I have confidence in myself to play red-ball cricket,” Richardson said.
“I think a really good test of that was our back-to-back (BBL) games, albeit only four overs a game.
“I think from a back-to-back perspective, trying to get up and go again and test how my shoulder was, it was completely fine.
“Test cricket is always the dream, that would always be the ideal, and I’d love to get back and play Shield cricket for WA as well. That would be really exciting.
“But at the moment we’ll just see where everything lands and just concentrate on this tour at the moment and whatever happens here, hopefully we have some success here first and then see where everything lands.”
Australia’s five-game series against the Kiwis gets underway at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on February 22.