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Faulkner eyeing spot on India Test tour

AAP logoAAP 10/01/2017 Vince Rugari

James Faulkner is hopeful some good cricket for Australia between now and next month's four-Test tour of India could land him a spot on the plane.

The 26-year-old Tasmanian is contending with the likes of Mitchell Marsh and Hilton Cartwright for the bowling all-rounder's role on the sub-continent.

He has a good chance to further press his claims to selectors in Australia's five-game ODI series against Pakistan, which starts in Brisbane on Friday.

Faulkner is confident his name will be in the mix but with another ODI series in New Zealand to follow - and then three T20 internationals against Sri Lanka at home - he's also cautious of looking too far ahead.

"I've spent a lot of time playing cricket in the sub-continent, I'd like to think my name's there or thereabouts, being spoken about," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"But you'd have to ask the selectors, captain and coach.

"I'm just taking each series as it comes. There's a lot of cricket to be played before a lot of players will start thinking about that."

Faulkner has played only one Test match, against England at the Oval during the 2013 Ashes series.

But with Marsh out of favour and Cartwright having only just made a shock debut in last week's SCG Test against Pakistan, Faulkner could be an appealing alternative and is keen to do away with his reputation as a limited-overs specialist.

"They want an all-rounder who can bat in the top six. Hopefully I can try and grab some opportunities," he said.

The new-look Australian ODI squad will train at the Gabba on Wednesday.

Faulkner said he feels for long-time teammate George Bailey, who along with Aaron Finch was left out after averaging just 13 runs in his past seven games.

Big Bash League stars Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake have replaced the pair.

"There's a lot of experience we will lose in the changeroom but having said that, we've still got a hell of a lot sitting there," Faulkner said.

"I'm good mates with George, I played a lot of cricket for Australia and Tassie with him. I definitely learned a lot.

"I'm sure if I was in his position he'd be disappointed and upset for me. I'm the same."

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