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Australia A captain James Faulkner fell just short of his maiden first class century on day one of their four-day match against India A in Brisbane today, with the hosts 7/288 at stumps. Faulkner surpassed his highest first class score of 89 but was dismissed just short of his maiden century for 94.

Earlier Australia A won the toss and elected to bat with wickets falling early. Phillip Hughes (12), Alex Doolan (18) and Chris Lynn (12) all departed in the first session and Australia went to lunch at 3/66.

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Cricket Australia announced today that all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of Australia’s Test Tour of South Africa with a right knee injury and will undergo arthroscopic surgery in Melbourne later today.

He will be replaced in the touring Test squad by New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques, while South Australian Kane Richardson has been drafted in to take his place in Australia’s squad for the KFC T20 Internationals against England, beginning in Hobart tomorrow night (29 January).

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Cricket Australia today announced that James Faulkner has suffered a fractured right thumb after he was struck on the hand while batting in the nets during training at WACA Ground in Perth today. The news is exceptionally disappointing for the young allrounder as this was the Perth test was the one he was most likely to feature after having carried the drinks for the last couple of test matches. There was every chance that Australia would have rejigged their playing eleven to account for the extra pounce and pace on offer at the WACA, and Faulkner may have got the nod instead of Nathan Lyon for this game.

Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner shared about the youngster's injury: “James was struck on the right thumb while batting in the nets and was subsequently taken for an x-ray which revealed a fracture of the thumb. As a result he will not be available for the third Test. His progress will be monitored for a return to playing duty depending on how quickly the injury heals.”

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India came off on top in a high-scoring encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, beating Australia by 57 runs in the Seventh and Final ODI to win the series 3-2.

India posted yet another 350+ total batting first, ending up with a massive 383-6 after their 50 overs, built largely on the back of the second highest-ever individual score by a batsman in ODI cricket. Rohit Sharma came good at Bengaluru and smashed a world-record 16 sixes during his 158-ball 209, moving from 100 to 200 in just 42 balls.

Australia's spirited run-chase rose from the dead, and led by a blitz from allrounder James Faulkner, Australia moved from 211-8 to 326, even raising hopes of an improbable victory for a while.

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The Rajasthan Royals crushed the Perth Scorchers by 9 wickets in a virtual no contest to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The Scorchers' batting came under severe examination from the Royals' bowling attack at Jaipur, and the visitors crawled to 120 from their 20 overs with Kevon Cooper the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-18 from his 4 overs, while James Faulkner and Pravin Tambe chipped in with 2 wickets apiece.

The Royals recovered from the early loss of Rahul Dravid for naught to coast to an easy win with 21 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (62*) and Sanju Samson (50*) against a pretty decent bowling attack.

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The IPL 2013 was widely considered to be a success for the sheer quality of cricket it produced to go with the huge crowds at all venues throughout the competition and the record numbers of viewers on television and online.

There were records broken in all three departments of the T20 game and some great innings, bowling spells and catches which stood out at the end of the competition.

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The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur continued to be a venerable fortress as the Rajasthan Royals picked up another crucial home win, beating the Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets in a low scoring contest.

Put into bat on losing the toss, the Kings XI Punjab failed to bat out their 20 overs, being bowled out an unacceptable 7 deliveries shy of their quota for just 124. S Sreesanth landed a double blow in his first over, removing both openers - Adam Gilchrist (0) and Mandeep Singh (2), and that set Punjab back tremendously.

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