West Indies in Australia 2013

Faulkner replaces Henriques for first two ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 28, 2013

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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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Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter 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.

Posted by Mary_786 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.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by class9ryan 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

Posted by Shaggy076 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.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

NCN should also be given an opportunity...

Posted by petecricinfo on (January 28, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

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

Posted by Sunil_Batra 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

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 28, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

I'm assuming he will bat 7 which I feel will strengthen our bowling no doubt but maybe the batting depth will suffer. He looks like a good no8 to me. I just think you still need a good batsman at no7 in ODIs. Lets see.....

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Good move. I've been saying all along that Faulkner should have been selected ahead of Henriques.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 28, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

I was hoping it would be Khawaja but Faulkner is a good replacement. Keep in mind that Khawaja along with Hughes, and the other test batsman will go to India early to get ready for the test tour and that in my opinion is a good decision.

Posted by Jay32 on (January 28, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

James Faulkner can be a good allrounder as long as he tries to bowl fast and swings the ball. He has all the attributes to become a good left arm swing bowler but his fixation towards bowling slower balls and cutters are holding him back. sadly, he is sold to 20-20 .

Posted by RaadQ on (January 28, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Anyone is better than Henriques, he is an absolute failure. Domestic form doesn't mean anything unless you can convert it to international level, which Henriques is not able to.

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