After his heroics in the Sheffield Shield for Tasmania, Australian James Faulkner is ready to make the most of his Ashes squad call-up and is even more determined to contribute with the bat.
Faulkner, who in the past was considered a bowler with a competent level of batting, is happy to call himself an all-rounder.
After scoring 444 runs in this years Sheffield Shield - including 89 in the final against Queensland - Faulkner has expressed his desire to bat as high as No.7 for his country in this Ashes tour.
"I'd definitely be comfortable to bat at No.7," Faulkner said. "Whenever you can slot into an Australian team I think you're pretty happy to play wherever you can. It was a reasonably successful year last year with the bat for Tasmania."
Faulkner continued: "Hopefully I can make a few big scores, that's what I'm aiming to do at the moment."
Wickets are where the Aussie applies his trade most effectively and, with 111 wickets in Australian domestic cricket this year, he poses a real threat to England come the Ashes.
Although the Ashes tour will be the 22 year old's first trip to England, he has already gained some overseas experience thanks to his IPL exploits with three different teams.
He has been described as a talented limited-overs player, who has played T20 and one-day cricket for his country. Impressively Faulkner sold for $400,000 to the Rajasthan Royals in this years IPL.
Faulkner will be using that experience to try and not only take some wickets against England but also dampen Barmy Army spirits with his batting; one to watch.
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