Faulkner back in the nets

PORT ELIZABETH - Tasmanian James Faulkner has resumed bowling but the  all-rounder will be kept on ice until Australia's Twenty20 squad lands in Bangladesh for the World Cup. 

Faulkner is recovering well from the knee injury that cost him a place in the Test squad for the recently completed series in South Africa. 

The 23-year-old trained with the T20 squad in Port Elizabeth in the lead-up to Sunday's washed out first match against South Africa, batting and bowling off a shortened run up in the nets. 

But team doctor Peter Brukner confirmed he would take no part in the three-match T20 series against the Proteas. 

``The plan's never really been for him to play any of the matches here,'' Brukner said. 

``We don't want to rush him, he had significant surgery five weeks ago. 

``He's a young guy. We don't want to jeopardise his long-term prospects, so we're taking him along very slowly.'' 

Faulkner has been prudent in his recovery and provided there are no setbacks he should be ready for Australia's World Cup opener on March 23 against Pakistan in Dhaka. 

``He's coming along very well. He bowled a little bit yesterday, did some running,'' Brukner said. 

``We'll build him up over the next week or so, and the aim has always been to have him ready to play in Bangladesh.'' 

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