Faulkner replaces Mathews in Pune squad
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.