Hamstring injury forces Faulkner out of NZ series

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Wellington, Feb. 03 (ANI): Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the ongoing three-match Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand with a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old complained of stiffness while bowling that worsened when he had to bat during Australia’s humiliating 159-run loss to New Zealand in the opening one-day international at Eden Park on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis has been roped in to replace Faulkner in the 14-man squad, Stuff.co.nz reported.

Faulkner was the latest to join the already injury-ravaged squad ahead of the World Twenty20, where Australia will play their first match against New Zealand on March 18 in Dharamsala.

While skipper Aaron Finch, who injured his hamstring during the series against India, is racing the clock to be fit for the T20 format’s pinnacle tournament, pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been ruled out of the event due to their respective injuries. (ANI)

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