Vastavam web: Australia all-rounder James Faulkner today said experience of playing in the IPL and last year’s ICC World Twenty20 in India will hold the visitors in good stead in the upcoming limited over series here.India and Australia will play five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting with the first 50-over game here on September 17.And Faulkner said it would be a “test” of character for Australia to beat in-form India at home.”They (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket in the recent past. They are in really good nick right now. It is going to be a test.”
Faulkner will return to the side after missing out on the Champions Trophy earlier this year.And Faulkner said it was tough to be out of the side for a while but it gave him the chance to reflect and come back stronger.Faulkner said he had put in a lot of hard work in the time he was out of the national team.”I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months. It is good to be back with my teammates and hit the gym hard. I’m happy now,” he said.”It was pretty tough. I think you ask any player when he gets left out it is not great fun. At the end of the day it up to you to be back. I am excited to back in the group. I don’t really want to talk about the past. It is a good opportunity against a tough opposition in their own country,” he said.Faulkner, who has played a few match-winning knocks in the past against India and was man-of-the-match in the 2015 World Cup (50 overs) final, said he was looking forward to the upcoming series.
“We are obviously looking forward to playing a warm-up game before the series starts. The conditions here in Chennai are tough, it is hot and sweating too much. The boys are eager to get out there and play some good cricket, it is going to be a good series. The last time we were here we had some good, tough cricket, so we are all excited,” Faulkner said.Asked about the so-called ‘X-factor’, the Australian said, “I suppose it is the variation and depth with both the bat and ball. I don’t know about the X-factor regarding myself. There are players with X-factors in both the teams and that is international cricket.”My aim is to do as well as I can and play my part in these conditions which are different from back in Australia.”