Injured Faulkner out of New Zealand tour

AUCKLAND: Australia allrounder James Faulkner will miss the remaining two one-day internationals against New Zealand after injuring his right hamstring in Wednesday’s series opener in Auckland, the team said.

Marcus Stoinis, who made his ODI debut against England in September, will replace Faulkner whose injury comes six weeks before Australia begin their campaign for an elusive Twenty20 World Cup title in India.

“James reported increased stiffness in his right hamstring during the first innings tonight and found it difficult running during our batting innings,” Cricket Australia’s sports science and sport medicine manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, with the short turnaround between games we do not believe he will recover in time to take any further part in the series.”

Faulkner, with 36, was Australia’s second-highest scorer as they crumbled to a 159-run defeat at Eden Park. Wellington is the venue for the next match on Saturday.