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James Faulkner keen to make Test recall count

James Faulkner keen to make Test recall count
James Faulkner, who replaced the injured Pat Cummins for the tour of Bangladesh, is keen to make his recall to the Test side count.
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Australian all-rounder James Faulkner, who replaced the injured Pat Cummins for the tour of Bangladesh, is keen to make his recall to the Test side count.

Cummins was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back which now puts him out of action for a lengthy period of time. 

The Australian selectors decided to replace Cummins with Faulkner as they felt that the 25-year-old will suit the conditions in Bangladesh the best.

Faulkner, who is coming off a productive season at Lancashire felt that the injury to Cummins was unfortunate.

However the 25-year-old is pleased to be back in the national squad.

“I'm close with Pat and have spent a lot of time with him, I'm shattered for him but it is nice to get the phone call," he said.

"A little while ago I got told that I was on standby, so I knew that I was there or thereabouts if someone went down with injury.

"I was just about to start a practice game for Tasmania and I literally picked up my phone as Rod (Marsh) was calling me so it was a nice phone call to get before I walked on to the ground for a little hit-out.” 

The Australian squad currently has three all-rounders after the inclusion of Faulkner, with Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh selected earlier.

Faulkner is hoping that his experience of playing on dry wickets in Manchester and Hobart will further his chances of selection into the final XI.

"I think so, I think most teams around the world now are playing two or three all-rounders so there's no reason why we can't all play together especially in those conditions as well.

"I'd like to think that playing at Bellerive (Oval) when it's been quite dry the last 12 or 18 months and then spending time in Manchester where the wickets were dry as well and reverse swing came in and spin, I'd like to think I'm a fair chance of playing but we'll see what the selectors come up with.” 

Faulkner’s first and only Test match of his career came in the fifth Ashes Test of 2013 in London, wherein he picked six wickets in the match.

However, in the shorter versions of the game, Faulkner has been an important part of the Australian set-up, earning the reputation of being a finisher.

Faulkner is looking forward to playing in Bangladesh after having waited for more than two years for his Test recall.

"I get (my Baggy Green) out every now and again and have a look at it but there might be a little bit of dust on it because it's been a good couple of years.

"It's a different feeling and I've only got the taste once, but it was enough to keep driving me to get back into the squad and hopefully I can get an opportunity again and do well."

Australia will play a three-day tour match against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI between 3rd and 5th October before going to Chittagong to play the first Test which will get underway on 9th October.

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