Australia news March 26, 2014

Faulkner targets return for Australia's next game

James Faulkner is likely to be available for selection for Australia's next World T20 game against West Indies on Friday. If picked, this game will be the allrounder's first competitive match since he underwent an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on January 28. Faulkner, who aimed to make a return in the World T20s, missed the first game of the tournament against Pakistan on Sunday as George Bailey didn't want to risk him.

"Everything has been on track so far," Faulkner said. "It is now about going to training tomorrow and getting through that session. I will train with the best of my ability and putting my case up for selection.

"Injuries are frustrating but I have had a good run in the last couple of years. It is good to be in a position now when everything is coming along and progressing as I would like."

Faulkner shot to fame through his bowling in the IPL, and with the bat for Australia recently. In the 2013-14 season, he averaged 82 with the bat with one century - an incredible 73-ball 116 against India in November last year.

Hoping to regain his old lower-order position in the batting line-up, Faulkner was confident of doing well in the subcontinent and was prepared to be used at any point in the game. But first, he wants to finish training on Wednesday on the right note.

"I have played a fair bit of cricket in the subcontinent, and it is not too foreign to me," he said. "If I do slot in, it would be at seven or eight where I normally do and bowl in the positions where George wants to use me.

"There's a little bit of water that has to go under the bridge for that to be the case. I have to get through training 100%. I am looking forward to the next 48 hours to see I am playing or not. So it is exciting," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Scott on March 27, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @heathrf1974, Starc had a bad day but is our best T20 seam bowler. Coulter-Nile seems to get panned every single game, yet miraculously goes unnoticed! I'd replace him with Faulkner, but that then leaves us with an all left arm bowling attack - which would just be weird. I'm with @AMAR3366. They look like good changes to me...

  • AMAR on March 27, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    white for hodge, murihead for hogg and faulkner for bollinger

  • Heath on March 27, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Hopefully Faulkner will replace Starc. Too many full tosses from him.

  • dinesh on March 27, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    plain and simple had faulker been there in the last match aus would have won it, this is goin to be big boost for aus as faulk is better t20 bowler than nile and his never say die attitude batting evry1 knows..they surely needed him even if opposition take 8 wickts they have some1 like faulker whos known to change match on his head!

  • Android on March 27, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    thats y ishant sharma is not playing in t20 from india side.

  • Rajarathinam on March 27, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Australia will have to give their best to beat WI this time. WI is far more stronger than AUS and likely to win this match for sure. Aus bowlers have to remove Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Bravo, Sammy and Ramdin early to theraten WI which is highly likely with their bowling line up. They need quality spinners or slow orthodox bowlers to be effective in these kind of pictches...

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Aus needs Jimmy Forks - hope he is fit to go. We need to come out all guns blazing in this match then take the confidence from a win into the next two. Cam White needs to be considered for selection as well. Despite local conditions, Australia need to select their strength, which is fast-medium bowling. Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey, White/Hodge, Haddin, Faulkner, Starc, Bollinger, Hogg/Muirhead. Chosen spinner plus Maxwell plus Hodge/White give options for fifth bowler. Not Finch. Prefer Muirhead to Hogg as spinner because of his "unknown" status to opposition, and with Faulkner as designated finisher would prefer White to Hodge this time around.

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