New Delhi: Australia received a big blow on Wednesday as all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the remaining series against New Zealand due to hamstring injury.
After a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand on Tuesday, losing the utility player in Faulkner is like a double blow for the visiting team.
As per the report in Cricinfo, Australia team's sports science manager Alex Kountouris explained that Faulkner had complained of stiffness while bowling that worsened when he had to bat.
"James reported increased stiffness in his right hamstring during the first innings tonight and found it difficult running during our batting innings. Unfortunately, with the short turnaround between games we do not believe he will recover in time to take any further part in the series. As a result, he will return to Melbourne tomorrow to have scans and start rehabilitation.
To fill the void, Marcus Stoinis has been called into the team as a replacement. The Victoria all-rounder made his international debut in England last year.