Australia's James Faulkner out of third Ashes Test

James Faulkner bats during an Australian Nets session at Adelaide Oval on December 2, 2013
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James Faulkner is ruled out of the third Ashes Test between Australia and England with a broken thumb.

James Faulkner has been ruled out of Australia's third Ashes Test against England in Perth.

The all-rounder suffered a hand injury while batting in the WACA ground's nets and was sent for scans on Thursday.

It has now been revealed that the 23-year-old will miss the third match of the series that starts on Thursday after scans showed that he has broken his right thumb.

"James was struck on the right thumb while batting in the nets and was subsequently taken for an X-ray which revealed a fracture of his thumb," Australia's team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement.

"As a result he will not be available for the third Test."

Faulkner was 12th man for the first two Tests, which were won by Australia.

Ryan Harris of Australia celebrates dismissing Michael Carberry of England during day three of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2013
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