James Faulkner feels he is ready for Ashes Test debut

James Faulkner was the second-highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2013 © Getty

Sydney: Jun 10, 2013

Young fast bowler James Faulkner, who has made phenomenal strides in the last 12 months, feels he is ready to represent Australia at the biggest stage.

”I’m a pretty confident sort of character and, once I get on the ground, I back my preparation and my ability to get the job done. I do thrive on, I suppose they call it the big stage,” Faulkner said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

Faulkner is still fighting for a spot in the Australian side for the Ashes and make his Test debut, but his immediate focus is to help Australia defend the Champions Trophy.

Faulkner had a good season in the Sheffield Shield last year, picking up 39 wickets at an average of 20.33. His overall tally in First-Class of 125 wickets at an average of 22.34 is testimony to the fact that he has been consistent since making his debut five years ago.

The youngster has played six One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and has done well to prove that he has the uncanny ability to up the ante every time he gets a big opportunity.

Faulkner was the second-highest wicket-taker in Indian Premier League 2013 and was a rare positive in Australia’s loss to England in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

”I think I’ve performed pretty well in four-day cricket back home now for a little while. So I’ll be trying to grab my opportunity if I’m given it,” he said. ”Looking at it, I probably have [been able to go to new levels all the way through].”

Faulkner strongly believes Australia has the fire-power to beat New Zealand on Wednesday and Sri Lanka next week to remain in the hunt for their third consecutive Champions Trophy title.