Lancashire sign Australia’s James Faulkner


English county side Lancashire have signed Australia allrounder James Faulkner as an overseas player, and he will replace compatriot Peter Siddle when the fast bowler goes off on international duty.

Faulkner, who will play in all formats of the game for the county, will join up with the Manchester side in May when his commitments in the IPL, with the Rajastan Royals, are done.

The 24 year-old from Tasmania player got the man of the match award in the World Cup, which the Aussies won, is a regular in the ODI side but wants to play Test cricket.

Lancashire coach Ashley Giles said: "While he is better known at the moment for his performances in white ball cricket his record in first class cricket is fantastic.

"Having James available for all cricket is a real boost for the club and I'm certain all Lancashire cricket fans will be delighted at the prospect of watching him play at Emirates Old Trafford this season."

On his move to Lancashire, Faulkner said: "Playing in English conditions will benefit my career and I cannot wait to work with Ashley and the rest of the team.

"Old Trafford is a fantastic, world famous cricket venue and playing my cricket there will put me in good stead for when Australia play two ODIs there in September."