|James Faulkner Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||April 29, 1990|
James Faulkner is an Australian professional cricketer who has represented his country primarily in the limited-overs versions of the sport (ODIs and T20Is), as a bowling all-rounder. A highly promising international career that had started in February 2012 had stalled at 69 ODIs and 24 T20Is by October 2017 though, due to form and fitness issues. He had not played another international match as of February 2022 and his test match career was also limited to the solitary game that he had played against England in August 2013. He was an integral member of the Australian squad that had won the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 5th time that Australia had achieved the feat. Before breaking into the senior national team in February 2012, he had participated in the 2008 Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup where Australia had finished 6th in the 16-team tournament. In the Australian domestic circuit, he has played for his home state of Tasmania (2008-09–Present) across all 3 formats. A rare occurrence in modern cricket, James has also played domestic cricket outside of his home country representing Lancashire County Cricket Club (2015, 2018–2019) in England.
James Peter Faulkner
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
- Father – Peter Faulkner (Former First-Class Cricketer)
- Mother – Roslyn Carol Faulkner
- Siblings – Lauren Faulkner (Younger Sister) (Lawyer)
- 44 – One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), Tasmania (Australian Domestic Cricket), Rajasthan Royals (IPL), Gujarat Lions (IPL), Hobart Hurricanes (BBL), Lancashire County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket)
- 5 – Melbourne Stars (BBL)
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, spiked hair
- Affable smile
- Often sports a mustache or a light stubble
James has been sponsored by –
- Gray-Nicolls Australia/New Zealand
- ASICS Australia
James Faulkner Facts
- He had started his cricketing career as a leg-spin bowler and was adept at using the top-spinner and the yorker-length googly deliveries. He had transitioned to pace bowling much later in his developmental phase.
- A valuable bowling allrounder, he has been featured in franchise-based T20 leagues around the world, turning out for Pune Warriors India (2011), Kings XI Punjab (2012), Rajasthan Royals (2013–2015), and Gujarat Lions (2016–2017) in the IPL (Indian Premier League); Melbourne Stars (2011-12–2017-18) and Hobart Hurricanes (2018-19–2020-21) in the BBL (Big Bash League); and Lahore Qalanders (2021) and Quetta Gladiators (2022) in the PSL (Pakistan Super League).
- He was the ‘Player of the Match’ in the final of the 2012–13 season of the Sheffield Shield (the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in Australia). His performance had helped Tasmania win their 3rd Sheffield Shield title.
- In the 2013 season of the IPL, he had scalped 28 wickets in 16 matches for the Rajasthan Royals. As of February 2022, only Dwayne Bravo (32 wickets in 18 matches for the Chennai Super Kings in 2013), Harshal Patel (32 wickets in 15 matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021), and Kagiso Rabada (30 wickets in 17 matches for the Delhi Capitals in 2020) had exceeded that tally. Lasith Malinga had matched his tally of 28 wickets in 16 matches in 2011 for the Mumbai Indians.
- In the 3rd ODI of a 7-match bilateral away series against India in late 2013, with the series tied at 1 game apiece, James had come into bat with Australia struggling at 213/6 in 41.1 overs in a chase of 304 runs. With an improbable 44 runs needed to win off the last 18 balls, he had smoked Ishant Sharma‘s 48th over for 30 runs to seal a memorable win in the final over of the match, giving Australia a 2-1 series lead. He had ended up with 64 runs off just 29 balls including 2 fours and 6 sixes and was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
- In the last match of that series, with the score tied at 2-2, he had recorded his first hundred (off 57 balls) in the ODI format which was the then second-fastest ODI hundred by an Australian. His valiant knock of 116 runs (including 11 fours and 6 sixes) off just 73 balls was not enough though, to save the match and the series for Australia. He was the last man out in the 46th over in Australia’s effort of 326 runs which was 57 runs short of India’s humongous tally of 383 runs. This (326) was Australia’s then highest score in an unsuccessful run chase.
- In January 2014, in an ODI match against England, he had walked in to bat with Australia struggling at 206/7 in the 35th over while chasing a target of 301 runs. Australia had then slipped to 244/9 at the end of the 44th over, now needing an improbable 57 runs off the last 36 balls with just the last wicket to spare. Incredibly, he had scored 55 of those runs on his own to guide Australia to a scarcely-believable victory with 3 balls to spare.
- At the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, he was Australia’s best bowler in their 5th group stage match against Sri Lanka (3/48 in 9 overs) and their semi-final match against India (3/59 in 9 overs). His only ‘Player of the Match’ performance in the tournament though, was in the final against New Zealand (3/36 in 9 overs).
- In a 2016 match against Sri Lanka, he had become just the 6th Australian cricketer to achieve a hat-trick (the feat of scalping 3 wickets off 3 successive deliveries) in ODI cricket. During the 2016 ICC World T20, in a game against Pakistan, he had become the first Australian to take a 5-wicket haul in a T20I match.
- In February 2022, he was embroiled in a massive controversy when he had quit the PSL mid-season after accusing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of not honoring contract terms. Just before leaving Pakistan in fury, he had flung his cricket bat and helmet in disgust at a chandelier of the hotel that he was staying in. It was later reported that he had footed the bill for the damages that he had caused to the hotel. In response, the PCB had denied all allegations that he had made against them and had banned him from participating in future editions of the tournament.
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