IPL Central: KKR sign Australia quick Kelly as Nortje’s replacement

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Kolkata Knight Riders have signed 24-year-old Western Australian fast bowler Matthew Kelly as a replacement for the injured Anrich Nortje.
The right-arm quick has played just 16 first-class matches and five List A games for Western Australia, since making his state debut in 2017. He’s also played 12 T20s for Perth Scorchers, where he has taken 19 wickets at an impressive economy of 7.43. He came in for special praise for his death bowling.
Kelly is a bustling fast bowler, who Mark Waugh, the former Australia selector, felt “could do the job for Australia” at the World Cup if any of their first-choice picks didn’t recover from injuries. He is expected to link up with Knight Riders ahead of their upcoming home-fixture against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
Harshal Patel, the Delhi Capitals fast bowler, is set to miss the remainder of the 2019 IPL season. ESPNcricinfo understands Harshal has an arm injury.
Harshal has played two games for Capitals this season. He picked up 2 for 40 in the tied match against Kolkata Knight Riders – which Capitals won via the one-over Eliminator – in Delhi, and finished with figures of 0 for 37 in the 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
The 28-year-old Harshal was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise from 2012 to 2017, and has played for Delhi since the 2018 season.
A shoulder injury has restricted Kane Williamson to just one appearance in IPL 2019 so far, but he’s now fit and available for selection.
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody’s tweets on Tuesday confirmed that both Williamson and Khaleel Ahmed, the paceman, have recovered from their injuries, but that might now create a selection headache for Sunrisers, who have been led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Williamson’s absence.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have done exceedingly well at the top of the batting order, Mohammad Nabi has had a big effect on three of the four games he has turned out in, and Rashid Khan is a sure-starter. Who does Williamson replace then?
A Sunrisers insider agreed that there is a dilemma: “We replaced Shakib [Al Hasan] with Nabi, and Nabi has done well. If Nabi goes out, Shakib comes back. Warner and Bairstow are clicking. We have Rashid. So Williamson has to sit out for team balance.”