Sport Cricket James Faulkner in World Cup fitness race
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James Faulkner in World Cup fitness race

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James Faulkner’s World Cup hopes remain in limbo after scans confirmed the all-rounder has a moderate grade abdominal strain.

The allrounder broke down during Australia’s 112-run tri-series final win against England in Perth on Sunday but he is still little the wiser about whether he’ll be able to return to play in the World Cup campaign starting this month.

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“Scans on James Faulkner’s injured side have confirmed a moderate grade abdominal muscle strain, which is consistent with a typical fast-bowling side strain injury,” team phsyiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

“He will receive intensive treatment for the next two weeks before we can determine when he can return to batting and bowling.

“He will travel with Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup squad to Adelaide on Friday to continue his treatment with team medical staff.”

Cricket Australia has previously stated that all members of its World Cup squad must be passed fit to play in Australia’s second match of the tournament, against Bangladesh on February 21.

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