Australian allrounder James Faulker wants to regain his 2015 World Cup form during the ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting from today.
In the 18 months since he was deemed a crucial in Australia’s one-day aspirations that he was named in their World Cup squad in the knowledge he would miss the first part of the tournament with a side strain- a move vindicated when he snared 3-36 in the decider against New Zealand Faulkner’s influence as the one day game’s ‘Finisher’ has waned.
On 2015 England tour, Faulkner suffered a hamstring strain that saw him pulled out of the Chappell –Hadlee Trophy Series in New Zealand one game last February, and partly because his numbers have become a little skinny.
In the 10 ODIs he’s played since that World Cup triumph at the MCG (less than half the total of one-day internationals Australia has contested in that time) Faulkner has scored 64 runs from seven innings (including four unbeaten) at an average of 21.33.
Significantly fewer than fellow allrounders Mitchell Marsh (573 at 47.75) and Glenn Maxwell (396 at 28.29) while the bowling returns tell a similar tale.
While bowling Marsh took 22 wickets at 31.27 average and Maxwell 11 at 39.45 average Faulkner took 10 wickets at ana average of 47.50, they have made almost twice as many appearances as the Tasmanian’s 10 matches in a year and a half.
But, Maxwell doesn’t have variations and Mitchell Marsh has issues with fitness, so Faulkner called back in the team.
“A little bit of everything,” Faulkner revealed when asked what needed to change from the recent times with his latest setback coming when he was overlooked for the final of the ODI tri-series final against the West Indies in Barbados last June.
“A bit of opportunity, a bit of time to freshen up as well.
“I spent last month getting some strength back in my body so a little bit of a mixture of everything.
“A bit of variation in my bowling, and I’m trying to hit a few different areas with my batting – more so against spin.
“This series hasn’t started yet but we’ll see if it all pays off.”
The first ODI of the series will be played today at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo at 2.30 (local time).