Faulkner to sit out England T20s

28 January 2014 08:39:32 EST

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner will miss the Twenty20 series against England due to a knee problem which requires surgery.

Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the opening T20 against England.

Faulkner has also been ruled out of the upcoming Test series in South Africa, with fellow all-rounder Moises Henriques called up as a replacement.

However, Cricket Australia hope that Faulkner will be fit for the T20 action in South Africa, as well as the following World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris commented: "We are hopeful that he will recover in time to play the Twenty 20 games on that tour (South Africa) and take part in the World Twenty20."

Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc will also miss the first T20 clash with England in Hobart on Wednesday, as he is struggling with a back injury, while Australia have opted to rest David Warner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson.

George Bailey skippers the hosts in the absence of Michael Clarke, with Australia 8/11 to win the first T20 international and 2/9 to secure victory in the three-match series

There's a real nice buzz around the changing room.

Stuart Broad

Meanwhile, T20 captain Stuart Broad says that the atmosphere in the England camp is high, especially with a few new faces having recently impressed in the Australian domestic T20 competition.

He added: "We've got guys here - the likes of Luke Wright, Michael Lumb and Alex Hales - coming into the squad who have played some really good Big Bash cricket.

"Their confidence is high and they've brought a lot of confidence into the group - there's a real nice buzz around the changing room."

England can be backed at 11/10 to win the opening T20 clash in Hobart and are 3/1 to go on and win the series.

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