James Faulkner (left) picked up three wickets against England in the first ODI
James Faulkner (left) picked up three wickets against England in the first ODI © Getty Images

Jan 17, 2015

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner says his team is not worried about the slow nature of the pitches and the Indians using it to their advantage as he feels the hosts are in equally good form. The flat wickets in Melbourne and Sydney during the four-Test series between India and Australia had come under criticism with many saying that the visitors got all the advantage.

“It comes down to the conditions and what line up they go with, whether they want to play a spinner or not. But we are not worried. Everyone seems to be in form. It’s a good healthy environment for Australian cricket,” Faulkner said on the eve of India-Australia tri-series encounter

Faulkner said the two teams would be starting off on equal footing and it’s going to be a tough game. “It looked like a very good Test series. The Indian batsmen are in pretty good touch as well, particularly Virat Kohli. They’re going to be tough tomorrow. They’re a very good one-day team and so are we,” he pointed out.

Australia got off to a good start in the tri-series with a three-wicket win over England yesterday, thanks to David Warner‘s third ODI hundred. The all-rounder said it would be up to India to sort out a plan to stop Warner when the two sides meet here tomorrow. “It’s phenomenal. He’s in great touch. Hopefully that can continue over the next couple of months. He’s hitting balls to all parts of the ground and really controlling his innings,” said Faulkner.

“It was the first time we were back together as a group and what a way to start. The way Mitchell Starc set the tone in the first over of the game was outstanding and then after that it rolled on. It was a good run chase in the end led by Warner,” he added about the victory in Sydney.

Starc struck two quick blows to leave England‘s top-order in tatters after which Australia chased down the target of 235, riding on Warner’s knock of 127. “Starc has been a very good one-day bowler for a long time now for us and he showed his class yesterday. I’m sure he’s going to take heaps of wickets over the next couple of months,” he signed off.

The second match of the triangular series will be between India and Australia at Melbourne on January 18.