Faulkner glad not to have ‘stuffed it up’

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner was voted man of the series against South Africa, and having taken three wickets in the win in the third T20, he was relieved to get over the line in Sydney.

The Aussies needed 146 runs to win, but made it tough for themselves by losing late wickets, and got there with a ball to spare. This was thanks to Cameron White's 41 not out, and Faulkner was glad they didn't 'stuff it up'.

Faulkner said after the game: "To say the least, it was very tense. I've been in that position before, and stuffed it up – it was nerve-wracking, Cam played really well. He's pure class and good to see him perform."

'The Bear' White meanwhile was pleased with his own effort, but was full of praise for the bowlers earlier in the day, who had restricted the Proteas at crucial times, especially at the death.

White said of his knock: "It got a little bit twitchy there. It was set up by the bowlers, chasing 140 should be pretty comfortable most times, we got there in the end.

"I thought we bowled really well at the back end, used the conditions well and pressured them after a good start. It's nice to be making runs, that's my job, so hopefully keep doing it."

Faulkner was asked about his impressions of new leg spinner Cameron Boyce, as well as the return from injury of paceman Pat Cummins, and he was complimentary, saying it stood them in good stead ahead of the World Cup.

He said: "I've been impressed with him (Boyce), showcasing his skills in T20 and it's exciting to see a legspinner doing well. Pat Cummins as well, bowling fast and taking wickets.

"We're ready for the summer, hopefully go well over the next few months, both personally and the team."