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Injured James Faulkner Doubtful For World Cup

Injured James Faulkner Doubtful For World Cup
James Faulkner, who left the field during the tri-series final, may miss the World Cup
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Australia's World Cup campaign has suffered a major setback with all-rounder James Faulkner's participation in the tournament now uncertain due to a rib injury.

He picked up the injury during the final of the One-Day International tri-series against England in Perth, which his side went on to win by 112 runs.

Midway through his third over, unable to bowl any further, Faulkner decided to leave the field after consulting with skipper George Bailey.

Cricket Australia confirmed the injury to the all-rounder on Twitter and further stated that the medical staff would give a further update on Faulkner’s status after an assessment in the coming days.

Faulkner played a vital knock with an unbeaten fifty from 24 balls and followed it with the wicket of Joe Root in the final of the tri-series.

Glenn Maxwell, who was declared man of the match in the tri-series final has expressed hope for the all-rounder to return in time for the important tournament.

“He’s super cricketer and he's a vital cog in this Australian outfit," he said.

“We can just hope it's nothing and he is being soft and he gets back and trains hard with us next week.

“We're all feeling for him, and hope he recovers pretty quickly and he can get back out there with us because you saw today how good he is."

Maxwell lauded the all-rounder as "the best finisher in the game" and lauded the importance of the 24-year-old's batting in the death overs for the Australians.

“I think he's the best finisher in the game comfortably, and the way he just assesses the situation and gives himself that little bit of time and just dominates bowling at the death.

“He's a vital part of our one-day side and hopefully he's playing with us this World Cup."

Meanwhile Shane Watson, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury during the tri-series is expected to return for Australia’s warm-up games against India and United Arab Emirates ahead of the marquee tournament.

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