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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