West Indies in Australia 2013 January 28, 2013

Faulkner replaces Henriques for first two ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Faulkner has replaced fellow allrounder Moises Henriques in the Australia squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies. Henriques was ruled out for those games after undergoing surgery on his right index finger on Saturday.

Faulkner, 22, who plays for Tasmania, has played one T20 international for Australia, against India last year. He'll join the Australia squad on January 30, after playing for Prime Minister's XI in Canberra the day before.

The first two ODIs of the five-match series will be played in Perth, starting February 1.

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  • Andrew on January 30, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter on (January 29 2013, 07:51 AM GMT) - mate, Faulkner has a superior bowling record to Henriques, but is inferior in batting. Henriques has a lot more going for him than you think. I don't believe they are direct competitors for any allrounder posiitons (usually), as Faulkner (IMO) is a bowling allrounder versus Henriques being a batting allrounder.

  • Adrian on January 29, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Faulkner has a far superior record to Henriques. The only thing that Henriques has going for him is that he did well in the Champions Trophy, and impressed so many Indians. That should give Henriques a good price at the IPL auction but Faulkner is a better player.

  • Mariam on January 29, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Shaggy076 if you read my comment you will see that i do think Faulkner is a good option as Khawaja should be going to India early wiht the other batsman. And with regards the 5th bowler we have Maxwell and Finch to do the 5th bowler duties as Maxwell is in the team as an allrounder, not that i think he deserves that position as he hasn't done anything signficant so far, Faulkner would be a much better option.

  • Graham on January 28, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    PeterCarinda - Not to mention Watson and Symonds as batsman so they could bat to 7.

  • Peterincanada on January 28, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @Shaggy076- You are right. The six bats 4 bowlers and 1 keeper is strictly for test cricket. When Gilly opened Oz was able to pick a fifth bowler without shortening the batting.@class9ryan. I agree that if Watson is unavailable Wade must bat in the top 6 and a fifth bowler, hopefully one who can contribute a few runs must be picked. Maybe Faulkner is the right man.

  • $$ milind on January 28, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Australia really struggling to find a good 5th bowler whenever Watson is not playing, may be for this series u ca go with Faulkner as the all rounder but in future the likes of Christian, Mitch Marsh would have a role 2 play.... Surely, nobody expects that Faulkner can drive u out of a very tense situation when he is batting

  • Graham on January 28, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Matthew Rogers and Rohit Pande; Do you understand that a fifth bowler has to bowl 10 overs in one-day cricket. As such there was no way Khawaja was going to be considered as a fifth bowler. Faulkner is an excellent choice, can actually control a yorker unlike many Aussie bowlers. I have no issue with Faulkner at 7, Johnson @ 8, Starc @ 9. The top 4 do most of the batting in one-day internationals and if you need a number 7 to make bing runs you are already in trouble.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    NCN should also be given an opportunity...

  • Pete on January 28, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Where is Micheal Hussey for the last time at his home ground?

  • Rahul on January 28, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Mattrogers excellent point, I am sure we would have gone for Khawaja but he should be on a earlier flight to India

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