Faulkner targets promotion up the order


Australia allrounder, James Faulkner, is looking to improve on his batting form, and re-establish himself as a potent finisher.

Faulkner has made two appearances in the triangular series in the Caribbean, but has only faced a total of nine balls, batting at number 8 below fellow allrounder Mitchell Marsh, and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

The big-hitting Faulkner has admitted to being unsure of his place in the team, but is intent on taking any chances he is presented, telling cricket.com.au: "I'd be lying if I said I don't want to get back up the order like I used to,

"I'd like to get back up the order and score some runs in one-day cricket.

"I'm not too sure where I sit at the moment with that but I can only control what I can control and that's score as many runs and take as many wickets as I can and contribute at certain times I need to step up."

The allrounder had earned a reputation as Australia's finisher but his last score of any note was his unbeaten 50 against England in Perth in the summer of 2014-15, since then he has struggled to find form with the bat, and now has to overcome squad rotation and a lowly batting position if he is to recover his role.

Faulkner has been asked to step aside, when Australia opted for a second spinner during the tri-series as Australia look to adapt on slower wickets in the Caribbean, Faulkner commented on the surfaces: "It’s not the typical sort of one-day cricket being played at moment, (but) we just have to find a way – the wickets (have) spun a lot and are a bit slow."

The Tasmanian has called on Australia to step up their game, as they prepare to push for a place in the final in the next two games, to be played in Barbados, where the wicket is expected to be a bit quicker, saying: "Now in Barbados we expect a better deck but we need to straighten ourselves out and play better for these remaining games and look at getting ourselves into the final.

"Destiny is in our own hands. We haven't started as well as we like but everyone knows how these triangle series work, we just have to play the right cricket at the right time.

"We heard this is probably one of the better wickets, so I'm expecting a higher score. The wicket looks in good nick, we'll see how it is in four days, we're all itching for a 300-plus score."

The series has been incredibly level with each team getting one over on the others at this point, with the final round of matches set to determine which two teams meet in the final in Kingston.