James Faulkner (cricketer)
James Peter Faulkner (born 29 April 1990) is an Australian cricketer who plays for Tasmania. An all-rounder, left-arm medium pacer and right-hand batsman, Faulkner is particularly known for his aggressive batting in the middle order, and for his "at the death" bowling. He is often referred to as the "Finisher".
Faulkner in 2014
|Full name||James Peter Faulkner|
|Born||29 April 1990|
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
|Nickname||The Finisher, Jimmy|
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Relations||Peter Faulkner (father)|
|Only Test (cap 435)||21 August 2013 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 202)||1 February 2013 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||1 October 2017 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||44|
|T20I debut (cap 57)||1 February 2012 v India|
|Last T20I||22 February 2017 v Sri Lanka|
|T20I shirt no.||44|
|Domestic team information|
|2008–present||Tasmania (squad no. 25)|
|2011||Pune Warriors India|
|2011–2018||Melbourne Stars (squad no. 5)|
|2012||Kings XI Punjab|
|2013–2015||Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 44)|
|2015; 2018||Lancashire (squad no. 44)|
|2016–2017||Gujarat Lions (squad no. 44)|
|2018–present||Hobart Hurricanes (squad no. 44)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 22 February 2017
He has a particularly impressive first class record with a batting average of 32.0 and a bowling average of 24.0. He also has a very good ODI record with a batting average of 34.0 and a bowling average of 30.0.
In 2012, that he captained the Tasmania Under-17s, he was already in the state's U-19s and the Tasmania Second XI. Faulkner earned himself a state rookie contract for 2007–08, a place in the Australia U-19 team at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and one of three positions in the Australian Cricket Academy's development squad for 2007.
He was part of the Pune Warriors India team in IPL 2011, and then a part for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2012. However he has just played three IPL matches between IPL 2011 and IPL 2012. During the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) players auction, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for $400,000. He has received two man of the matches in IPL 2014 vs RCB and in IPL 2015 vs KXIP respectively.
On 1 February 2012, Faulkner made his Twenty20 International debut for Australia against India. Despite his current status as a pace bowler, he started as an aspiring leg-spin bowler, which he now uses his topspinner or yorker-length googly as his slower ball variation.
Faulkner was selected for the squad to tour England in 2013. He was selected for the fifth test. Australian selector John Inverarity described Faulkner as the sort of player who "gets things done", while captain Michael Clarke said that Faulkner could provide some toughness that Australian might have lacked in its previous tests.
Throughout 2013, Faulkner established himself as a regular member of Australia's One Day team. In the 3rd ODI against India, he hit 64 off 29 balls, including 30 runs off an Ishant Sharma over, to win the game for Australia. Faulkner hit his maiden ODI century against India on 2 November 2013 in Bengaluru. This is the second fastest century by any Australian batsman (after Glenn Maxwell). It was scored off 57 balls.
In the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final, Faulkner took 3/36 and received the Man of the Match award and became a member of the World Cup winning team.
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- India edge sixathon with Rohit Sharma's 209
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