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Hamstring injury ends James Faulkner's New Zealand tour

Hamstring injury ends James Faulkner's New Zealand tour
James Faulkner (top) will fly to Melbourne on Thursday.
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Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the ongoing tour of New Zealand after sustaining a hamstring injury during the first One-Day International in Auckland.

Faulkner sustained the injury while batting during his 33-ball knock as he experienced stiffness while running between the wickets.

Earlier, the Tasmanian all-rounder also contributed with two wickets in the game which Australia went on to lose by a massive margin of 159 runs.

Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sport Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris revealed that Faulkner will be returning to Melbourne on Thursday for further scans.

"James [Faulkner] reported increased stiffness in his right hamstring during the first innings tonight and found it difficult running during our batting innings.

"Unfortunately, with the short turnaround between games we do not believe he will recover in time to take any further part in the series.

"As a result, he will return to Melbourne tomorrow to have scans and start rehabilitation.

"We are hopeful this is only a low grade injury but will know more in the coming days." 

Meanwhile, national selector of Australia Rod Marsh has confirmed that Western Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been named as Faulkner's replacement for the remaining two ODIs against New Zealand.

“It’s unfortunate that James [Faulkner] has suffered this injury but the situation presents another good opportunity for Marcus Stoinis.

“He is a promising young all-rounder who had a taste of international cricket last winter in England, and hopefully this call-up will continue with his development.”

The second ODI between these two teams is scheduled to be played in Wellington on 6th February with New Zealand leading the series 1-0.

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