Faulkner to sit out England T20s
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner will miss the Twenty20 series against England due to a knee problem which requires surgery.
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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