Faulkner sick of being ‘one-Test wonder’


Australia all-rounder James Faulkner loves being part of the white ball squads for his country, but is really eager to add to the one Test cap he's managed to earn to date.

Faulkner played just one Test, in the Ashes in 2013, and despite being one of the Aussies' best players in the shorter formats, has not been given another go in whites.He hopes to change this in June when they face Sri Lanka.

Faulkner told cricket.com.au in India: "I'm a 'one-Test wonder' at the moment. I want to play Test cricket."

He conceded that the reason he and someone like Glenn Maxwell weren't often though of as red ball players was because they were more aggressive, or even impatient, than traditional Test players.

He said: "I'm sure one thing Maxi struggles with is as well, is we play so much white-ball cricket that we go back to four-day cricket and we're not as patient as all the other players.

"I don't know how to explain it, but you have these little flicks in your mid where you think you can take on someone and the next thing you know you're sitting on your backside (dismissed) after you hit him for a couple of boundaries.

"We have those little instances that we need to improve on."

Faulkner also said that while he and Maxwell were competing with Mitchell Marsh for that one all-rounder spot in the Test side, there was no ill will towards Marsh, who has that place for now.

The Finisher added: "I can guarantee, unless I'm getting the wrong vibe, there's no malice or none of that sort of stuff.

"At the end of the day, if Maxi is bowling to me or I'm bowling to him we're helping each other, same with Mitch.

"We're all helping each other because all three of us can play in the same one-day and T20 team.

"It's just a matter of the Test spot and Mitch has got that spot.

"We're all good mates and we get on with the business."