Australia allrounder Faulkner injured, out of NZ tour

BY foxsports • February 3, 2016

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Allrounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the remainder of Australia's cricket tour to New Zealand after suffering a hamstring injury during its 159-run loss in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

Victoria's Marcus Stoinis, a top-order batsman and medium-pacer who played his only previous ODI against England last year, has been called into the squad ahead of veteran allrounder Shane Watson.

Faulkner faces a race against time to be fit to play in Australia's Twenty20 series in South Africa which precedes next month's World Twenty20 in India. His injury is another blow to Australia's World T20 hopes, as it has already lost captain Aaron Finch to a hamstring injury.

Australia has until Sunday to name its squad for the world tournament.