Second ODI: James Faulkner is 'the new Michael Bevan' according to Australia skipper Michael Clarke
Last Updated: 17/01/14 3:45pm
Michael Clarke praised James Faulkner's 'unbelievable' innings, but says they must player better in future macthes against England.
Australia captain Michael Clarke compared James Faulkner to one of Australia's one-day greats after his 69 not out thwarted England in the second ODI.
Faulkner hit five sixes - all off Ben Stokes' bowling - and then finished the game with three consecutive fours at the start of the final over from Tim Bresnan.
The No 9's 47-ball effort ensured Australia recovered from 244-9 to reach a target of 301 and open a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, which continues in Sydney on Sunday.
Highlights of the second ODI between Australia and England.
Clarke said of Faulkner: "He is the new finisher, the new Michael Bevan.
"He showed he is a wonderful player with loads of talent and he strikes the ball as cleanly as anybody ... he deserves all the credit in the world."
Bevan averaged 53.58 in 232 ODIs for Australia between 1994-2004 and was famous for seeing through run chases, finishing not out 67 times in 197 innings.
Faulkner is fast developing a reputation of his own; he pulled off similar heist on the tour of India earlier this year by scoring 64 not out from 29 balls to power Australia to a target of 304 in the final over of the third ODI in Chandigarh and also stroked a maiden hundred in Bangalore later in that series.
The 23-year-old all-rounder's self-confidence has proved an asset in sticky situations and he was always confident of denying England their first win over Australia at the seventh attempt on what has been a miserable tour.
Faulkner said: "We only had one wicket left and I knew I could do it deep down, but it's always nice to get the boys over the line.
"Obviously everyone was nervous but it's just great to win."