Indian Premier League 2011

Faulkner replaces Mathews in Pune squad

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April 17, 2011

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James Faulkner runs up to bowl, Victoria v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup final, Melbourne, February 27, 2011
Tasmania allrounder James Faulkner will get a chance to showcase his skills in the IPL © Getty Images
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Tasmania allrounder James Faulkner has replaced Angelo Mathews in the Pune Warriors squad in the IPL. Mathews, the Sri Lanka allrounder, was ruled out of the IPL because of a leg injury that also caused him to miss the World Cup final against India in Mumbai.

"[We have] heard he is very talented and doing very well in domestic cricket," Pune captain Yuvraj Singh said about Faulkner's inclusion. "That is why after taking opinions from everyone we picked him in our side."

The 20-year old Faulkner, who hails from Launceston in Tasmania, the home-town of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, was part of Australia's Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2008.

A highly-rated allrounder in the domestic circuit, Faulkner made his first-class debut in 2008. He has played 14 first-class games averaging 29.86 with the bat, picking up 47 wickets. He has represented his state in 11 Twenty20 games averaging 10.25 with the bat, picking up six wickets. Faulkner won the Ricky Ponting Medal, ahead of his captain George Bailey, as Tasmania's player of the season for 2010-11.

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Posted by indianzen on (April 18, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

Relax Indian Tigers... We Indians need not care about Non Indian players or the inglorious comments from their country men. what we want is the good opportunities for all the domestic players to get more international exposure, coaching and team building, which they are gaining a lot quietly. I am sure that the selectors will have a tough job in picking up the ODI and T20 Squads, which is very good...

Posted by Dhitik on (April 18, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

kuruwita, talha shahzad.....stay off IPL.....IPL isnt gonna miss u....

@meety.....IPL has nothing to do with cricketing opportunities?? really..may be true for international players to some extent, but for Indian Players...(those on the fringes and beyond) is a boon...and not only a cash cow....players like Paul Valthatty, B. chipli, Shadab Jataki, M. Gony, R. Bhatia etc........would have toiled unknown in the domestic circuit, at least they have some opportunities to showcase their wares to the nation...for someone like Raiphe Gomez (of Kerala and Kochi Tuskers) to share dressing room with the likes of Mahela Jaywardhane, Laxman, Mcullum etc.....this is where IPL shines through....

Posted by Meety on (April 18, 2011, 1:34 GMT)

@Sach_is_Life - every Aussie you mentioned was selected by Oz prior to IPL involvement except for Nannes who was noticed from the World T20 when he played for Netherlands. IPL has nothing to do with CRICKET opportuniites, its just a cash cow. If I were Indian I'd be proud of the spectacle, but from a cricketing viewpoint, (neutral), I don't think it will bring much to World Cricket. I do agree with your comments about watching Murali & Gilly though, it would be entertaining.

Posted by DeAmO on (April 17, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

@ Conrad Tracey: You say Mathews is among 'the most overrated players'. But I urge you to read into the character of the fella!! He may be injured, but not overrated! Just have a look at this CricInfo article... >>

Posted by Sach_is_Life on (April 17, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

Ofcourse the standard of IPL is not of International standards .. But..just look at the players who got benifited from IPL .. Shane Watson, Marsh, David Warner, Nannes, Albi, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yousuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Rohith Sharma, Nehra... All of 'em used their IPL stint to grab the attention of their national selectors and see wat they r doing now !! not bad at all .. and if you add the chance of watching Warne's, Gilly's, Symo's and Murali's doing their thing still.. WoW and u people r saying that IPL is nonsense .. lol ..whom r ya kidding .. Anyway .. ATB Faulkner !!

Posted by TheGecko on (April 17, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Some of the comments posted here are outright silly. Of course IPL is not up to the standards of international matches, cos it is a DOMESTIC tournament. Duh!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Faulkner is a great bowler. He has a lethal slower ball. Rana Naved also backs my case as he stated this when he played with Faulkner in the big bash. Matthews and Woakes are the most overrated players. Woakes is also tied in with County Cricket At the moment anyway.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

Dead right KURUWITA!The standard of IPL is not of International standars!

Posted by Meety on (April 17, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Faulkner is a great young talent. I'd prefer he didn't play in the IPL though!

Posted by ungaltamizan on (April 17, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

chris woakes is better choice, he is amazing form now,

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