New Zealand v Australia, 1st ODI, Auckland February 3, 2016

Injured Faulkner out of New Zealand tour


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Australia received another blow on the night of their humiliating defeat in the opening ODI against New Zealand after it was revealed that James Faulkner will be flying home with a hamstring injury.

Faulkner was one of the team's few positives in the defeat with both bat and ball, but the team's sports science manager Alex Kountouris explained that the allrounder had complained of stiffness while bowling that worsened when he had to bat.

"James reported increased stiffness in his right hamstring during the first innings tonight and found it difficult running during our batting innings," he said.

"Unfortunately, with the short turnaround between games we do not believe he will recover in time to take any further part in the series. As a result, he will return to Melbourne tomorrow to have scans and start rehabilitation.

"We are hopeful this is only a low grade injury but will know more in the coming days."

Marcus Stoinis, the Victoria allrounder, who made his international debut in England last year, will be drafted in to replace Faulkner, pulling out of the Sheffield Shield match between the Bushrangers and Tasmania in Melbourne to do so.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Izmi on February 7, 2016, 12:20 GMT

    Here we go again. Just learnt that fast bowler Kane Richardson is the latest casualty and has returned home to Australia with a back injury. Australia's injury woes keep multiplying with every match. This could be a blessing in disguise for the team as I reckon Joel Paris would be a better option than Richardson as he is a leftarmer who swings the ball both ways and will come in handy on NZ pitches. He recently took 4 wickets in a shield match against NSW and felled former aussie opening batsman Ed Cowan with a vicious bouncer which ended his innings retired hurt. Already Australia has lost the services of Faulkner, Finch, Starc and Cummins due to injury and also the services of their frontline pacemen Harris and Johnson due to retirement. Unless Australia can find a solution to this problem which has plagued the team for the last five years or so they will have to suffer the consequences. An expert physio from the US could be the only solution as everything else has failed .

  • Eddie on February 5, 2016, 4:36 GMT

    Shane Watson is in form and should be there. He can open and play ussie at 3. Stoinis bowling isn't good enough

  • Tim on February 5, 2016, 1:39 GMT

    My XI: Warner, Khawaja, Smith (c)Bailey, Maxwell, M.Marsh, Wade (wk), Zampa, Hastings, Hazlewood, not richardson. Marsh out for Khawaja, Zampa gets his debut in Faulkners place and literally anyone but Richardson plays.

  • Graham on February 4, 2016, 23:47 GMT

    HatsforBats : But we have the hitters, in the last 30 plus games how many times have we needed an extra batsman. Without that extra bowler even it is 3-4 overs then your options are fixed for the last 10 overs with other bowlers bowled out. Then what happens if M Marsh cramps up and cant bowl at a crucial stage of an innings (which almost happened). The bowlers will still go for 300 with 6 options but with 5 options that could blow out heaps more. No our bowling didn't lose the match because we did have Maxwell to prevent the no alternative options.

  • Jay on February 4, 2016, 21:46 GMT

    So, Ross Taylor Averaging nearly 60 in ODIs since the start of 2015 isn't something the Black Caps are missing and he's not a real loss to the team because he isn't the same player he once was

    Ok........? Someone doesn't actually watch cricket

  • kieran on February 4, 2016, 12:06 GMT

    @Shaggy076, that's alright we can disagree. It certainly wasn't our bowling that cost us the match yesterday, and it's been our bowling that has restricted the latest totals on very flat pitches to around 300 rather than 350+. Don't get me wrong I'm a fan of Marsh & Maxwell, but their performances show that while they can be devastating they can also go for nothing; basically they're hit or miss, you can't argue that. Marsh is definitely good enough to be bowling 10 overs, but has Maxi ever bowled 10 overs? It's his inclusion as our spinner that unbalances the team. You don't need 6 bowlers. In the modern game of flat pitches (everywhere, not just Australia) you need batsmen all the way down (hence every team boasting of batting down to #10), and right now we have part-time bats starting at #5.

  • carl on February 4, 2016, 11:24 GMT

    Stoinis is definitely 5th string but the way Maxwell has been playing lately, Stoinis can slot up a couple of strings.

  • carl on February 4, 2016, 11:18 GMT

    What are we on now. our 5th string side? A no brainer, Watson should have been straight in.

  • Izmi on February 4, 2016, 11:01 GMT

    Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh was a great wicket keeper batsman of Australia in the late 70's and early 80's but sadly speaking he is losing his reputation as a crazy cricket selector and fast becoming the laughing stock of world cricket for his poor judgement and phantom team selections. Though the Australian cricket team has been badly hampered losing more than half their side due to retirements and constant injuries during the last six months Marsh has also contributed in a big way to the teams self destruction and downfall by making poor decisions. Though Marcus Stoinis maybe a future prospect the need of the hour is not building the team for the future but trying to win matches at the present time. By selecting the best players and losing matches doesn't hurt than fielding a second string side while the best players are made to ponder about their future and losing matches is sheer stupidity. As such Watson should have been the ideal replacement for the injured James Faulkner.

  • Graham on February 4, 2016, 10:44 GMT

    BBC7 : There is still plenty of entertainment and being going on for since the one-day game started giving opportunities to young players to show their wares. ie India recently removed Raina who wasnt doing a bad job. Watson wasn't setting the house on fire like DeVilliers (who is every chance of playing at the next world cup). Australia have been doing it home for years and the fans still turn up and post their comments so not hurting the game at all.

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