James Faulkner has been suffering from a knee injury © Getty Images


Dhaka: Mar 22, 2014


Australia will miss all-rounder James Faulkner for their opening ICC World Twenty20 match against Pakistan on Sunday.


Faulkner, who rose to prominence with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR), is yet to recover from a knee injury.


Australian captain George Bailey said Faulkner could have played the match but didn’t want to risk aggravating the injury further.


“He’ll be available for the second game, and if really pushed, he could’ve probably come up for this one,” said Bailey.


“We’re making the call that we’re going to need him in the back end [of the tournament] – that’s where he’ll add the most value to us.”


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