James Faulkner (cricketer)

James Peter Faulkner (born 29 April 1990[2]) 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 bowling at the "death".

James Faulkner
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Faulkner in 2014
Personal information
Full nameJames Peter Faulkner
Born (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 30)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Height1.86[1] m (6 ft 1 in)
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
RelationsPeter Faulkner (father)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 435)21 August 2013 v England
ODI debut (cap 202)1 February 2013 v West Indies
Last ODI1 October 2017 v India
ODI shirt no.44
T20I debut (cap 57)1 February 2012 v India
Last T20I22 February 2017 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.44
Domestic team information
2008/09–presentTasmania (squad no. 25)
2011Pune Warriors India
2011/12–2017/18Melbourne Stars (squad no. 5)
2012Kings XI Punjab
2013–2015Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 44)
2015Lancashire (squad no. 44)
2016–2017Gujarat Lions (squad no. 44)
2018–presentLancashire (squad no. 44)
2018/19–presentHobart Hurricanes (squad no. 44)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 69 63 128
Runs scored 45 1,032 2,566 2,026
Batting average 22.50 34.40 30.91 29.79
100s/50s 0/0 1/4 2/15 1/10
Top score 23 116 121 116
Balls bowled 166 3,211 9,776 6,041
Wickets 6 96 192 175
Bowling average 16.33 30.85 24.78 30.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/51 4/32 5/5 4/20
Catches/stumpings 0/– 21/– 26/– 35/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 22 December 2019

He was a prominent member of the victorious Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was Man of the Match in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final.

Domestic careerEdit

He captained the Tasmanian Under-17 team while already in the state's Under-19 team and the Tasmanian Second XI. Faulkner earned himself a state rookie contract for 2007–08 and a place in the Australian Under-19 team at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and a position in the Australian Cricket Academy's development squad for 2007.[3]

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. Faulkner picked 28 wickets at an average of 15.25 in IPL 2013, the second most wickets in a single IPL season.[4] He has received two man of the matches in IPL 2014 vs RCB and in IPL 2015 vs KXIP respectively.[5]

Faulkner was man of the match in the 2012–13 Sheffield Shield final, helping Tasmania secure its third title.[6]

International careerEdit

Faulkner during Australia vs England in ICC Champions Trophy 2013

On 1 February 2012, Faulkner made his Twenty20 International debut for Australia against India.[7] 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.[8][9]

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",[10] while captain Michael Clarke said that Faulkner could provide some toughness that Australian might have lacked in its previous tests.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13][14]

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.

During the second ODI against Sri Lanka on 24 August 2016, Faulkner took a hat-trick becoming 6th Australian to do so, and also second against Sri Lanka after Daniel Christian.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

James Faulkner is the son of Peter Faulkner, who also played first-class cricket for Tasmania and toured South Africa on the 1985/86 and 1986/87 rebel tours.


  1. ^ "James Faulkner". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ "James Faulkner". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ NDTVSports.com. "James Faulkner Profile - Cricket Player,Australia|James Faulkner Stats, Ranking, Records inCricket -NDTV Sports". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  4. ^ "IPL Stats: Most Wickets in a Single IPL Season". Superfantasylobby. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  5. ^ Vijay Lokapally (30 March 2013). "Rajasthan Royals believes in collective performance". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  6. ^ Malcolm, Alex. "Tasmania hold on to draw for third Title win". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Australia v India scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  8. ^ Faulkner, Maxwell turn into each other
  9. ^ James Faulkner, the Best Slower in modern day cricket
  10. ^ "The Ashes 2013 : Chris Rogers and James Faulkner in Ashes squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  11. ^ Barrett, Chris (21 August 2013). "Tasmania all-rounder James Faulkner to make Test debut". The Age. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  12. ^ Australia steal win with Faulkner blitz
  13. ^ India edge sixathon with Rohit Sharma's 209
  14. ^ Fastest hundreds
  15. ^ "Sri Lanka's big win, Faulkner's hat-trick". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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