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Injury to James Faulkner another curve ball to Australia's World T20 preparation

Australia's preparations for the World T20 have plunged further into disarray with James Faulkner the latest star to join the casualty ward.

The invaluable all-rounder has injured his hamstring, bringing an early end to his tour of New Zealand. His place in the squad has been taken by Victoria's Marcus Stoinis, whose selection ahead of the in-form Shane Watson is a blow to the veteran's hopes of resurrecting his one-day international career.

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Cricket Australia are hopeful Faulkner has only suffered a low grade strain but anything more serious would leave him in a race against time to be available for the series in South Africa preceding the World T20.

While Australia can ill afford to lose Faulkner for the Chappell-Hadlee series, in which they are down 1-0 after Wednesday night's loss, there are more serious implications for their spluttering World T20 campaign.

Coming off a 3-0 hammering at home to India, the world No.8 now have their captain, Aaron Finch, and their gun finisher with bat and ball sidelined just over six weeks before their first game.

"James reported increased stiffness in his right hamstring during the first innings tonight and found it difficult running during our batting innings," CA's sports science and sport medicine manager Alex Kountouris said on Wednesday night.


"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.

"We are hopeful this is only a low grade injury but will know more in the coming days."

Australia's disjointed approach to the World T20 was evident in the series against India where they used 19 players across the three games while the visitors had the same XI each match.

Selectors have until Sunday before they must submit Australia's 15-man squad for the tournament.

Stoinis, 26, made his only one-day international appearance against England in September.

"He is a promising young all-rounder who had a taste of international cricket last winter in England, and hopefully this call-up will continue with his development," chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said.