Faulkner Out Of Perth Ashes Test With Fractured Thumb

James Faulkner
James Faulkner grimaces after being hit on the thumb during training for the Perth Ashes Test
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Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test in Perth after he fractured a thumb during preparations for the match at the WACA.

Faulkner, the only member of the 12-man squad yet to play for Australia in the Ashes series, was hit while batting in the nets.

"James was struck on the right thumb while batting in the nets and was subsequently taken for an x-ray which revealed a fracture of the thumb," team doctor Peter Brukner confirmed.

"As a result he will not be available for the third Test. His progress will be monitored for a return to playing duty depending on how quickly the injury heals."

Australia had already prepared for any injuries or withdrawals by having fellow left-arm quick Doug Bollinger as well as Nathan Coulter-Nile placed on standby. They are now training with the squad and either will step in should any further injuries force Australia to change their side.

Faulkner made his Test debut in the Ashes series in England at the final Test at The Oval, and he has also played in 19 One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals.

A win in Perth would regain the Ashes for Australia following wins in Brisbane and Adelaide by 381 and 218 runs respectively.

England's only win at the venue came in 1978.

© Cricket World 2013

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