James Faulkner signs two-year Twenty20 deal with Lancashire

Injury-prone Tasmanian all-rounder James Faulkner has put pen to paper on a two-year Twenty20 deal with Lancashire. 

The Launceston-born 27-year-old, who was part of the county side’s 2015 England domestic triumph, will again be one of the Old Trafford-based club’s overseas players. Faulkner collected a competition-high 25 wickets and struck 302 runs in the last season he played for the Lightning.

He has played just one Sheffield Shield match for Tasmania this summer after persistent knee troubles and a subsequent rib injury at training two weeks ago.

However, the Melbourne Stars’ Big Bash League left-armer said he is excited for the opportunity.

“I absolutely loved my time with the club in 2015 and finals day at Edgbaston still lives very long in the memory for me,” Faulkner told cricket.com.au.

“I’m very excited to come back and work with Glen Chapple [former England quick and Lancashire coach] and the rest of the squad who are an extremely talented and exciting group of players.”

Faulkner expected to play for Lancashire in 2017 but the move was by denied by Cricket Australia because of his knee troubles.

The 2015 World Cup final man-of-the-match winner was recalled into Australia’s ODI tour of India in October, after being dropped for the Champions Trophy earlier this year.

Faulkner has player 24 T20 internationals, averaging 14.45 with the bat and 19 with the ball, and has played for four clubs in the IPL – Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals and now Gujarat Lions.

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