Rising pace star Jhye Richardson concedes he still has some mental demons in the field as he prepares to make his latest comeback from a shoulder injury.
Richardson spent more than six months on the sidelines after dislocating his right shoulder while diving for a ball in March in Australia's ODI clash with Pakistan.
The 23-year-old made a successful return in September, but he re-injured his shoulder at training on the eve of Western Australia's one-day cup final in November against Queensland.
Richardson bravely played in that match, but was sidelined for WA's next two Sheffield Shield clashes to give his shoulder time to heal.
The right-arm speedster will make his return for the Scorchers in Perth's BBL season opener against Sydney Sixers on Wednesday night at the SCG.
Richardson is ready to bowl at full pace, but his abilities in the field will be limited, especially for throwing and diving.
"It's going to be have to be one of those things about fast bowlers not diving anymore," Richardson said.
"I'm sure it will come back at some stage, but the confidence is still not quite there.
"I'll be able to do whatever I can in the field. It might be a case of fielding in the infield for a little bit longer, but we'll see how we go."
Richardson's first stint on the sidelines cost him the opportunity to play at the World Cup and in the Ashes.
He said overcoming the physical nature of a serious injury was only one part of the battle.
"Probably more so the mental battles (were the toughest)," Richardson said.
"With any sort of injury, you expect the physical part of it to be quite tough, but it's the mental part that has probably taken a little bit longer than I would have liked.
"Whilst we didn't really take a backward step initially, when you do get little setbacks, they can be a little bit frustrating, especially if you were doing so well.
"But physically now, I'm feeling ok and ready to go."
Richardson is keen to take the new ball for the Scorchers, but he is also set to be used at the death to add another layer to his bowling repertoire.
Australian Associated Press