The Hobart Hurricanes are excited to announce the signing of James Faulkner on a three-year Big Bash League deal starting this upcoming 2018-19 BBL|08 Season.
The Tasmanian left-arm fast medium bowler and right-hand batting all-rounder dubbed ‘The Finisher’, now plays for both the Hurricanes and Tasmanian Tigers, who each made their respective Finals in 2017-18.
Faulkner, an inaugural member of the Melbourne Stars since BBL|01, played 47 matches and made 556 runs (47* High Score), while claiming 45 wickets with the stunning best bowling figures of 4/9.
The ‘home-grown hero’ recently turned 28, and has been a member of the Tasmanian Tigers Squad since December 2008 when he made his First-Class debut against Queensland.
He last played for Tasmania against Victoria in November 2017 before re-joining the Stars for BBL|07.
“I had always hoped to return to playing all my cricket in Tasmania when the time was right,” Faulkner said.
“I really love the feeling around the team now and I’m impressed by the culture they’ve managed to build.
“I played through Cricket Tasmania’s Pathway with blokes like Bails, Dools, Wadey and Tim Paine so I’ve got fantastic memories with those guys and can’t wait to be playing in front of packed local crowds with them.
“Being from Launceston, the chance of playing two Big Bash games up there is also very appealing to me.
“My family are born and bred Launceston, so I am really looking forward to playing in front of family and friends in my home town.
“I think the State is going from strength to strength, and that was a big part of my decision to come home, play alongside my mates and enjoy all my home domestic cricket formats here.
“I want to thank the Melbourne Stars for everything they’ve done for me over the last seven years. They were very supportive of me when I was playing with Australia and I’ve loved every minute with them.
“I have many friends at the Stars both on and off the field and it was a difficult decision to part ways. But I look at it more along the lines that I am joining the Hurricanes, than I am leaving the Stars.”
Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins is also excited to have a player of such all-round experience and calibre coming into the Hurricanes setup.
“James adds significant value with both bat and ball and his fielding, and will be a very dangerous and competitive addition to our BBL squad – as he is already for our Tigers Sheffield Shield team.”
“We are pleased to finally have the opportunity to work with him for a full 12 months of the year and help him get back into the Australian squad.
“The fact he is a Tassie cricketer makes it all the better and he holds a fantastic record in the Big Bash, IPL and at the T20 International level – nearly 200 matches, 1724 runs, 63 catches and 212 wickets.”
Faulkner is certainly highly respected as one of the most all-round talented and fiercely competitive T20 players in the game.
After 159 matches at the domestic T20 level since 2009, he averages 22.68 with his aggressive middle to lower order batting (122.55 strike rate) and 24.28 with the ball, frequently bowling at the death.
His T20 International experience spans five years and 24 matches, scoring 159 runs and taking 36 wickets since debuting for Australia against India in February 2012.
Against Pakistan at the 2016 World T20 Cup he became the first Australian to take a five-wicket haul in a T20 International.
He’s been a regular match-winner by staying calm under pressure, as evidenced by his Man of the Match performance in Australia’s 2015 ODI World Cup Final victory over New Zealand, where he took 3/36.
Faulkner made his Test debut in the dead rubber against England at The Oval during the 2013 Ashes Tour where he claimed six wickets, but has not managed to squeeze back into the national Test side since then.
He even developed a reputation as Australia's ‘finisher’ with the bat in tight limited-overs chases. In 2013 he plundered his first ODI century making 116 off just 73 balls in a narrow loss to India in Bangalore.
Domestically, Faulkner was often rated Tasmania's top player during a period of great State success.
He won three consecutive Ricky Ponting Medals (for Best State Player), along the way being an important player in two Sheffield Shield winning teams, including Man of the Match in the 2012-13 Shield Final.
Faulkner is an excellent ‘like-for-like’ replacement for departing Hurricanes all-rounder Dan Christian who leaves for the Melbourne Renegades with the club’s gratitude and best wishes after three seasons in purple.
James has followed in the footsteps of his father Peter by playing Shield and One Day cricket for Tasmania.
We welcome James Faulkner home to the Hobart Hurricanes BBL Squad where he can now represent his birth State in all three domestic formats – Sheffield Shield, Limited-Overs and T20s.
Tests: 1 match, 2 innings, 45 runs (23 top score), 22.50 batting average, 104.65 batting strike rate.
6 wickets, 4/51 best bowling, 16.33 bowling average, 3.54 economy rate, 27.6 bowling strike rate.
ODIs: 69 matches, 52 innings, 1,032 runs (116 top score), 34.40 batting average, 104.24 batting strike rate, 1 x 100s, 4 x 50s, 83 x 4s, 29 x 6s, 21 catches.
96 wickets, 4/32 best bowling, 30.85 bowling average, 5.53 economy rate, 33.4 bowling strike rate.
T20Is: 24 matches, 18 innings, 159 runs (41* top score), 14.45 batting average, 115.21 batting strike rate, 7 x 4s, 5 x 6s, 11 catches.
36 wickets, 5/27 best bowling, 19.00 bowling average, 7.96 economy rate, 14.3 bowling strike rate.
First-Class: 63 matches, 95 innings, 2,566 runs (121 top score), 30.91 batting average, 50.91 batting strike rate, 2 x 100s, 15 x 50s, 257 x 4s, 17 x 6s, 26 catches.
192 wickets, 5/5 best bowling, 24.78 bowling average, 2.92 economy rate, 50.9 bowling strike rate, 5 x 5 wicket innings.
List A: 121 matches, 94 innings, 1,936 runs (116 top score), 30.25 batting average, 91.45 batting strike rate, 1 x 100s, 10 x 50s, 139 x 4s, 49 x 6s, 34 catches.
168 wickets, 4/20 best bowling, 30.36 bowling average, 5.35 economy rate, 34.0 bowling strike rate.
T20s: 159 matches, 121 innings, 1,565 runs (73 top score), 22.68 batting average, 122.55 batting strike rate, 1 x 50s, 76 x 4s, 56 x 6s, 52 catches.
176 wickets, 5/16 best bowling, 24.28 bowling average, 7.94 economy rate, 18.3 bowling strike rate, 3 x 5 wicket innings.
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