<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="James Faulkner: My father has been a big influence on me" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130821201135.jpg" title="James Faulkner: My father has been a big influence on me" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> James Faulkner (left) is congratulated after receiving the baggy green cap ahead of his debut at The Oval © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Aug 21, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australian all-rounder <a href="/tags/James-Faulkner/post" target="_blank">James Faulkner</a> has said that his father Peter has been a big influence in his early days. Faulkner, 23, received the baggy green as he made it to the playing XI of the fifth and final <a href="/tags/The-Ashes-2013/post" target="_blank">Ashes Test</a> at The Oval on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> "Growing up he's always been a pretty big influence, we obviously spent a lot of hours in the backyard playing cricket and he's just let me enjoy the game and hasn't really got too much involved," Faulkner was quoted as saying by <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>.<br /> <br /> Faulkner had asked his father to step down from Apple Isle's selection panel to avoid any partiality during his rise to the elite level.<br /> <br /> "He resigned from being chairman of selectors [at Tasmania] when I was 16 or 17. He just let me do what I do and I'm grateful for that. He has never put any pressure on me to play cricket. As long as I was enjoying it, he was happy. I'm grateful for that," he added.<br /> <br /> Faulkner’s father played for <a href="/tags/Tasmania/post" target="_blank">Tasmania</a> in the 1980s and appeared in 54 matches scoring above 2000 runs and taking 100 wickets.<br /> <br /> Faulkner has benefitted from Australia’s decision to shuffle their playing XI throughout the Ashes as they searched for alternate options due to the poor performance of the team.<br /> <br /> "The last couple of seasons I think [my batting] has improved a hell of a lot. Hopefully this game I can score some runs and take some wickets. That's the objective," Faulkner said to the newspaper.