Faulkner out of Twenty20 series

Australia, 4/7 favourites to win the upcoming Twenty20 series against England (11/8 – Twenty20 international series outright), will be without all-rounder James Faulkner after he was ruled out with a knee injury.

The 23-year-old was in fine form until he picked up the knock, hitting an unbeaten 69 to help Australia win the second one-day international in Brisbane, but he faces a spell on the sidelines and will also miss the Test tour of South Africa.

Confirming the injury, Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “James injured his knee during the Australia Day one-day international in Adelaide.

“He has had subsequent scans and was reviewed by Cricket Australia’s medical team and a knee specialist, and will require arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

“He will not be available for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa. We are hopeful that he will recover in time to play the Twenty 20 games on that tour and take part in the ICC World Twenty20.”

Faulkner is one of the key members of the T20 side, but in his absence he will replace by Kane Richardson. For the Test series in South Africa, Moises Henriques will take his place, after his impressive form domestically.

Speaking about their inclusion, national selector John Inverarity said: “Moises Henriques has shown some good form recently with both bat and ball and he provides a good fit when looking to replace James.

“Kane Richardson has been called to Hobart to replace James in our Twenty 20 squad. He has shown promise as a shorter-form young cricketer and will gain from the experience of being involved.”

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