James Faulkner may get a chance to play against England if Australia go with five-man pace attack: Darren Lehmann

James Faulkner is yet to make his Test debut © Getty Images

London: Jul 2, 2013

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on Tuesday that pacer James Faulkner will get a chance to make his Test debut provided they play with a five-pronged pace attack against England in the upcoming Ashes series.

“If we went down the five bowler attack that’s where he would probably come into it,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“If we went down the five bowler attack that’s where he would probably come into it,” Lehmann said.

Lehmann also praised the fast-bowler whose work ethics have impressed the coach.

“But again he’s been fantastic. I’ve been really impressed by him. His work ethic is great off the field and he’s developing nicely into a really good cricketer. He’s one of the first picked for Australia in one-day and T20 … Test cricket, got to wait and see the balance,” Lehmann added.

On the other hand, Faulkner, who got a chance to play in both the warm-up matches leading to the Ashes believes that scoring runs against Worcestershire would help his case in the selection debate.

“I’ve got to put it together as a package,” Faulkner said.

“Got to string them both together within the one game and that’s my main goal and my main focus at training,” he added.

“I think my last 18 months in domestic cricket has been pretty solid. I got some reasonable scores in big games and I’ve taken some bags of wickets so I feel like (my game’s) in pretty good shape if selected,”  Faulkner concluded.