Faulknered: suddenly the National Hamstring is not the only concern

James Faulkner leaves the WACA mid-over last Sunday. He'll miss at least the first World Cup match. Image: ABC Grandstand

James Faulkner leaves the WACA mid-over last Sunday. He’ll miss at least the first World Cup match. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Faulknered (verb) – to have suffered an unlikely one-day defeat at the hands of an effective, but ungainly-looking Tasmanian allrounder.

E.g., “England have been Faulknered several times on Australian shores in the last twelve months.” 

At least that’s the way I use the word. It’s just such a all encompassing description of what this wonderful player can do to a game of cricket, that it seems fitting that James Faulkner’s efforts should be turned into a word. And, literally, England have been ‘Faulknered’ numerous times in the last year.  And it’s been wonderful.

Except that now Australia’s World Cup chances have been Faulknered. And the word I invented twelve months ago has come back to bite me on the arse, big time.

Cheap Seats Episode 60: Selection headaches

Sleeveless jerseys at the NRL Auckland 9s - I fear it could catch on...

Sleeveless jerseys at the NRL Auckland 9s – I fear it could catch on…

Ryan O’Connell and I are coming down from a beer and pretzel Super Bowl high in Episode 60 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

More cracking #AskTheCheapSeats questions on topics including Super Rugby pre-season preps, the WACA pitch, dating Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Smith’s likely batting spot for the future.

The boys wrapped up the one-day Tri-Series, after Australia’s thumping of England in the Final in Perth last weekend, as well as getting into the what Australia’s best ODI XI is, and the injury conundrum around James Faulkner

There’s also Australian Open tennis, the token football wrap on the Socceroos’ Asian Cup triumph, the Auckland 9s, and the New England Patriots Super Bowl win, Ryan’s absence celebrating after which being the reason this Episode is days late.

Plus the launch of the Cheap Seats Tipping League on footytips.com.au – get on board now and knock Captain Confidence O’Connell down a peg or two.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

ABC Grandstand – Australia wins 2nd ODI, AB de Villiers goes nuts..

Mitchell Starc has 10 wickets in the first two Tri-Series ODIs. Image: ABC Grandstand

Mitchell Starc has 10 wickets in the first two Tri-Series ODIs. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: With Michael and Rob in the chair again this week, it was great chatting to the Grandstand Breakfast boys about Australia’s impressive start to the One-Day Tri-Series tournament.

After knocking off England in Sydney on Friday night, Australia accounted for India in Melbourne, where Mitchell Starc was “just happy to contribute” with his career-best ODI figures of 6/43, and James Faulkner’s finishing prowess again got Australia home after something of a middle order collapse.

Pretty in Pink: AB de Villiers was setting records for fun last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Pretty in Pink: AB de Villiers was setting records for fun last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

And yes, we also found time to discuss South African skipper AB de Villiers’ stupendous knock in Johannesburg last night, where he notched the fastest ever ODI century from just 31 balls. It was ridiculous! He also set the fastest ever ODI fifty along the way (16 balls), and South Africa went on post a new record score, of 2/439 from their 50 overs against the West Indies.

The Windies, despite making 291 in reply, still lost by 148. Worst still, they won the toss and bowled…

 

 

#Faulknered – the 2nd ODI wrap with @TestMatchSofa

Clint McKay (L) and James Faulkner celebrate Australia's ridiculous win at the 'Gabba on Friday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Clint McKay (L) and James Faulkner celebrate Australia’s ridiculous win at the ‘Gabba on Friday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Test Match Sofa: I’m buggered if I know how, but England have found new ways of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, in the 2nd one-day at the ‘Gabba in Brisbane.

Eoin Morgan made a superb 106 to guide England to 8/300 in Brisbane. And it wasn't enough.. Image: ABC Grandstand

Eoin Morgan made a superb 106 to guide England to 8/300 in Brisbane. And it wasn’t enough.. Image: ABC Grandstand

Still needing 57 to win from the last six overs, and with only one wicket in hand, allrounder James Faulkner has pulled off the miracle, smashing 69* from 47 balls and with 5 massive sixes, to win with three balls to spare. In a quite unbelievable tenth wicket stand, Clint McKay finished unbeaten on 2!!

And just as quite unbelievably, England had played the better cricket for the previous 94 overs, including an outstanding one-day century from Eoin Morgan, who was was caught on 1, only to remind the umpires that Australia had too many fielders outside the circle.

Anyway, here’s the wrap with Test Match Sofa, which basically just me laughing at them for eleven minutes. And they’ll be back on thecricketer.com on Sunday for Game 3, can you believe?!?