James Faulkner called up to Australia Test squad

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James Faulkner has been named in the Australia squad for the two-match Test series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi later this month.

The all rounder will act as cover for Mitchell Marsh who has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

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Faulkner has only one Test cap to his name, which came at The Oval as the Aussies lost 3-0 in the 2013 Ashes.


The 24-year-old has ascended the Australian pecking order for five-day selection in recent weeks after Shane Watson was initially ruled out of the impending Test series with a hamstring injury.

He was expected to be replaced by Marsh before the youngster suffered a similar injury playing for Perth Scorchers in the Champions League T20.

Marsh has reportedly started jogging again but remains a fitness doubt for the upcoming five-day fixtures, leaving Faulkner as the next considerable candidate.

One-Day specialist

The left arm seamer – who also bats at number six – has become an increasing presence in Australia’s ODI and T20 sides and played in all four of the Aussies’ victories over Pakistan in the Middle East so far this month.

He has represented three different IPL teams at the age of 24, and was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a total of $400,000 in last year’s auction.

His recognition at domestic level spans international selection as well, having represented his country 40 times across all three formats.

Test debut

However, he has only played once in a Test match, although his six wickets at The Oval in August of last year were the best bowling return in that game.

He claimed figures of 4-51 in his maiden innings, and followed that up with the high profile dismissals of stalwarts Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott as the match fizzled out into a draw.

With the bat, he was promoted to number three second time around due to his ability to score quickly and freely. Faulkner made 22 – including one six – as the tourists tried to set up a result by batting for just 23 overs and declaring on the final day.

Pakistan series

Australia have just wrapped up a 3-0 ODI series victory over Pakistan, winning the final game by just a solitary run. And now they have a little over a week before the start of their two-match Test series against the same opposition.

Both Tests will be played in Dubai, with the first fixture beginning on October 22nd. But before that, the Australians will play Pakistan A in a four-day warm up match that starts this

Faulkner is in the 16-man squad and could be selected for the warm up game that begins this week.

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