Faulkner is `missing out'

TASMANIA coach Dan Marsh is concerned that Australia's 12th man, James Faulkner, isn't getting enough cricket.

Faulkner could feature in the third Ashes Test at the WACA beginning on Friday with Australia's attack backing up just four days after the Adelaide match is due to finish.

The 23-year-old all-rounder missed Tasmania's Sheffield Shield loss to New South Wales and will sit out the Tigers' clash with Western Australia beginning today.

"The only concern for me with James is just getting some cricket into him," Marsh said.

"If he is to play in Perth he hasn't played now for a couple of weeks. I think it's important that he is playing." Marsh's fast bowling stocks have thinned with former Test pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus (side strain) and Jackson Bird (back) out of action.

The Shield champions' coach was hopeful Faulkner would be available for the game against the Warriors at Bellerive.

"We were keen to get him for this game but I understand he's with the Test team and they're managing him the way they know how," Marsh said.

Hilfenhaus's best possible scenario is a return for the Hobart Hurricanes' first Big Bash League match on December 22.

Bird is heading to the Centre for Excellence in Brisbane to work on his comeback, also slated for the BBL with the Melbourne Stars. "They're looking for him to potentially be selectable for the back end of the Ashes series if need be," Marsh said.

Tasmania has replaced Hilfenhaus with Andrew Fekete for the clash with WA. The Warriors have lost pace spearhead Nathan Coulter-Nile, who is on Test standby, and former Australian all-rounder Marcus North, while John Rogers has been dropped.

Tasmania: Tim Paine (capt), Xavier Doherty, Luke Butterworth, Mark Cosgrove, Ed Cowan, Alex Doolan, Ben Dunk, Andrew Fekete, Evan Gulbis, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Jordan Silk (12th man to be named).

WA: Adam Voges (capt), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ryan Duffield, Michael Hogan, Simon Mackin, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Luke Towers, Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman (12th man to be named).

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