The number tells Australian all-rounder James Faulkner is not in good form. Faulkner left out of Australia’s opening two matches of the tri-series in the Caribbean. In last eight ODIs, Faulkner has taken eight wickets at an average of 52.37 and scored 64 runs at an average of 21.33. After taking 3-36 in the World Cup final against New Zealand last year Faulkner hasn’t produced too many memorable moments in ODI cricket.

He was one of Australia’s most important player in ODIs. Faulkner contributed with the bat lower down the order as well as took wickets for his captain. But, nowadays, his numbers haven’t been good. The Aussie all-rounder wants to prove his critics wrong and improve his performance. he hopes that a promotion up the batting order, might be a help for him.

“I’ve only faced a couple of balls, haven’t I? I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to get back up the order at No.6 or No.7, but we’ll just see what happens. As long as we’re winning I’m pretty happy,” said Faulkner.

Faulkner made his Test debut in 2013 against England and had performed well, taking 6 wickets in the Test and it looked like he might have a bright future for him in the format. But that remains the only Test, he has played since, and Faulkner is keen to change that.

“I’d definitely love to be playing all three formats, it’s just a matter of getting an opportunity again, more so in Test cricket. Also, I’d like to get back up the order and score some runs in one-day cricket,” he added.

Faulkner said that his first priority is to do well in the limited overs format for Australia and he wants to come back to form soon. He said – “I’m not too sure where I sit at the moment with that, but I’ve just got to control what I can control and that’s to try and get as many wickets and runs as I can for the team and contribute at certain times when I need to step up” Faulkner told.

    Sudipta Biswas is a 27 year old cricket fan.He started watching the game when Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their debut. Once had a dream of playing for the nation, now aspires to be a sports journo ! You can contact him @sudipta88dip on Twitter.

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