James Faulkner will be a stand-by for Mitchell Marsh © Getty Images
James Faulkner will be a stand-by for Mitchell Marsh © Getty Images

Oct 11, 2014

All-rounder James Faulkner has been drafted in to Australia’s Tests quad to take on Pakistan in the two-Test series starting October 22. Faulkner will be a stand-by for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who is still recuperating from a hamstring injury. The decision to include Faulkner was announced after the second One-Day International against Pakistan on Friday.

Australia’s two Tests are scheduled from October 22-26 and October 30-November 3 respectively. The Aussies have another all-round option in Glenn Maxwell who is explosive with the bat and can bowl off-spin. However, Australia were looking forward to giving Marsh his debut. Marsh was selected for the side in place for another pace-bowling all-rounder Shane Watson. Watson missed out on the tour due to injury.

Faulkner till date has played only one Test for Australia. He made his Test debut against England in the Ashes 2013 at The Oval.

Australia Test squad for series against Pakistan:

Michael Clarke (c), Alex Doolan, James Faulkner (standby player), Brad Haddin (wk), Ben Hilfenhaus, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O’Keefe, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

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