Australian all-rounder James Faulkner is set to play Australia’s next world cup match against Afghanistan on 4 March, 2015 at WACA. It is expected that Pat Cummins will be making way for Faulkner in the playing 11 for Wednesday’s match as Cummins has got an injury. On Monday, March 2, 2015 Faulkner attended training session to prove the fitness.
Before going for training Faulkner said, “I bowled a couple of overs (last week and was) pretty close, the difference is the intensity of an ODI. I will have a solid hit out today and hopefully I recover well and be out here (at the WACA) on Wednesday afternoon. I was batting five or six days after the injury and they (the Australia brainstrust) told me to ease back on it.”
“In the first two weeks I was pretty much going 100 per cent (batting) which was a good thing. I think I was lucky being a left arm bowler and a right arm batsman, it wasn’t the same side (bearing the strain) when I was batting.”
James Faulkner is feeling good and the way he has been preparing himself to grow from injury, it’s been good for him and his return to the side will enhance the batting depth. He didn’t mention about who would be out from the Afghanistan’s match and cleared that its selectors work and they’d do best.
He said, “I’m not too sure what they want to go in with, that’s purely up to the selectors. All I can control is about getting back out on the park and giving myself a chance of playing again. The rest isn’t my job and it’s not for me to worry about. That’s their decision at the end of the day.”
Australia lost their last match against New Zealand by 1 wicket and will be looking to get back on the winning path.