Faulkner ruled out of South Africa tour

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Faulkner will undergo arthroscopic surgery today

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner will miss the national team’s upcoming tour of South Africa after it was confirmed that he would need to undergo arthroscopic surgery for a knee injury he sustained during the fifth ODI against England in Adelaide on January 26.

Moises Henriques will replace Faulkner in Australia’s Test squad.

It is also understood that Cricket Australia have asked batsman Shaun Marsh and pace bowler Jackson Bird not to travel with the rest of the national team to South Africa today as they still want to evaluate how serious their injuries are.

Marsh suffered a calf injury during the fifth ODI, while Bird re-injured his back in a Big Bash League (BBL) match for the Melbourne Stars.

“James injured his knee during the Australia Day one-day international in Adelaide,” Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “He has had subsequent scans and was reviewed by Cricket Australia’s medical team and a knee specialist, and will require arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

“James’ exact rehab plan and return to training and playing will be determined after surgery but unfortunately for him, he will not be available for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa.

“We are hopeful that he will recover in time to play the Twenty 20 games on that tour and take part in the ICC World Twenty20.”

Meanwhile, national selector John Inverarity believes Henriques has a golden opportunity to get his Test career back on track.

Henriques’ last Test match for Australia came during the baggy greens’ tour of India in March last year.

“Moises Henriques has shown some good form recently with both bat and ball and he provides a good fit when looking to replace James,” Inverarity said. “The NSP is hopeful that James will be fit for the three Twenty 20s in South Africa and for the ICC World Twenty20 following as that is a key tournament for him.”

“Kane Richardson has been called to Hobart to replace James in our Twenty 20 squad. He has shown promise as a shorter-form young cricketer and will gain from the experience of being involved.”

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