Faulkner to face Windies
January 29, 2013 10:32:35 UK
James Faulkner is set to make his ODI debut for Australia when the series against the West Indies begins later this week.
The Tasmanian all-rounder has been called into the squad to replace the injured Moises Henriques.
The 22-year-old has only played once for his country at senior level, featuring in the Twenty20 international against India last February.
He came to prominence in the 2010/11 season when he made 300 runs at 30 and took 36 wickets at 17.72.
Faulkner, who had been confirmed in the Prime Minister's XI to take on the Windies on Tuesday, has been named for the first two ODIs against the Windies in Perth on Friday and Sunday.
Henriques was forced to pull out after undergoing minor surgery on a finger injury.
The Windies are not short of players with recent experience of the extra bounce of Australian pitches, as five of the 15-man squad played in the BBL.
While Chris Gayle struggled with the Sydney Thunder, his international teammates Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine (both Sydney Sixers), Kemar Roach (Brisbane Heat) and Kieron Pollard (Adelaide Strikers) enjoyed varying degrees of success.
''It gives us an advantage and gives us an insight into how the Aussies think,'' Bravo said.
''We look up to most of them, so it's good to share the same dressing rooms. The Big Bash helped a lot in us getting used to the conditions and we're going to try to make sure to pass on whatever advantage we have.''
The Windies are at full strength, apart from all-rounder Marlon Samuels, who is still recovering from a facial injury suffered while playing for the Melbourne Renegades.
Australia are 1.53 to win the first ODI match, with the West Indies priced at 2.50.
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