James Faulkner has been a vital cog in Australia’s scheme of things as the all rounder has been instrumental to the success achieved by the Kangaroos. Faulkner was the Man of the Match in the final of the ICC World Cup 2015 and has always been a committed member for the Australians.
Considering his talent and potential though, it is hard to believe that Faulkner has represented Australia in just one test. The left arm pacer definitely has the ability to excel in the longer format as his bowling is good and he is no mug with the bat. In a conversation with cricket.com.au, Faulkner spoke of his ambitions to play more tests for Australia.
Faulkner called himself a “one test wonder” and then stated that he aspired to play more tests for Australia. “I’m a ‘one-Test wonder’ at the moment,” Faulkner told cricket.com.au. “I want to play Test cricket. I just need to get some big scores and get wickets. That’s the only way you can force your way back in. Whether that’s batting five, six, seven, eight, wherever it is I need to get runs. And bowling, it’s always been stock standard with me, ever since I started,” Faulkner said.
In order to boost his chances of getting selected in Australia’s Test side, Faulkner also participated in the English County circuit. The all rounder achieved success in England as he was among the wickets and scored well with the bat. “It (County cricket) was a massive learning experience,” Faulkner said. “I definitely enjoyed playing with the Dukes cricket ball over there. It was tough conditions, a lot different to back home. We had everything where I was playing at Lancashire; there was reverse (wing, there was spin, and all the other grounds there was a lot of swing and seam.”
Faulkner compared his struggles of not establishing himself as a test cricketer with teammate Glenn Maxwell. “I’m sure one thing Maxwell struggles with is as well, is we play so much white-ball cricket that we go back to four-day cricket and we’re not as patient as all the other players,” Faulkner said. “I don’t know how to explain it, but you have these little flicks in your mind where you think you can take on someone and the next thing you know you’re sitting on your backside (dismissed) after you hit him for a couple of boundaries.”