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Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was ruled out of the remaining 2 ODI’s against New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. The star all-rounder suffered from a hamstring injury and the same has meant that he will no longer be able to take part in the remaining 2 games. New Zealand currently lead the ODI series 1-0 after securing a convincing 159 run victory in the first ODI at Eden Park.

Faulkner has been replaced by Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Faulkner was the only Australian batsman other than wicketkeeper Mathew Wade who scored more than 30. With the ball as well, Faulkner struck early to dismiss the dangerous Brendon McCullum.

“James reported increased stiffness in his right hamstring during the first innings tonight and found it difficult running during our batting innings,” Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said. “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,” he added.

“It’s unfortunate that James has suffered this injury but the situation presents another good opportunity for Marcus Stoinis,” chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said tonight. “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.”

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