Australia might have won the Carlton-Mid tri-series by defeating England by 112 runs last night. But more than the victory, they will be more worried about the condition of James Faulkner, who walked off midway in his third over due to side strain. The exact nature and extent of the injury is not known yet, but the Australian camp did not sound too optimistic about his World Cup chances. Man of the Match Glenn Maxwell did not sound too optimistic about his chances of playing in the World Cup.

I think he’s pretty down at the moment. I think with obviously such an amazing thing just coming up for us, the home World Cup, and I think the thought for any of us being ruled out so late with an injury, I think even if it’s nothing, just the thought of that would hurt a lot of people. I know a few of us were out there hurting for him, Maxwell said.

Maxwell also added that He’s a super cricketer and he’s a vital cog in this Australian outfit. We can just hope it’s nothing and he is being soft and he gets back and trains hard with us next week. We’re all feeling for him, and hope he recovers pretty quickly and he can get back out there with us because you saw today how good he is. I think he’s the best finisher in the game comfortably, and the way he just assesses the situation and gives himself that little bit of time and just dominates bowling at the death.

And even with the ball that surprise package, getting that wicket, surprising Joe Root who didn’t look like making many mistakes out there. He’s a vital part of our one-day side and hopefully he’s playing with us this World Cup, The Big Show concluded.

If Faulkner fails to recover in time for the World Cup, it would be a big drawback for the hosts and his likely replacements will be Moises Henriques.