James Faulkner has ruled himself out of Saturday’s Pool A game against Bangladesh.
Star all-rounder James Faulkner says he has ‘no chance’ of playing in Australia’s next Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh in Brisbane on Saturday.
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The 24-year-old suffered a side strain during last month’s Tri-Series final win over England and missed his side’s World Cup opening win over the same opponents at the weekend.
Faulkner is edging closer to full fitness, but has ruled himself out of Australia’s second Pool A clash on Saturday.
“I’m no chance for Bangladesh, I can tell you that,” Faulkner is quoted as saying by Reuters.
Faulkner said he was unsure when he would return but is targeting the February 28 match against rivals New Zealand.
“I’m not too sure, it’s been just over two weeks now,” he continued.
“I suppose time has flown a bit but hopefully I’m back sooner rather than later.”
Faulkner’s absence will take pressure off the struggling Shane Watson, who fell for a golden duck against England.
Watson’s place in the squad has come under question following his indifferent form with the bat this summer.
Australia take on Bangladesh on Saturday at 3.30am (GMT).