NatWest Series: James Faulkner believes early advantage in ODIs is crucial
James Faulkner believes Australia can follow England's Ashes example and build on their early NatWest Series lead.
Last Updated: 09/09/13 4:35pm
After the opening match at Headingley was washed out, the tourists went 1-0 up in the five-game series with a comfortable 88-run victory at Old Trafford.
Australia could not get back into the Ashes after England clinched the opening Test and went on to take the series 3-0, and Faulkner believes Sunday's win gives his side valuable momentum for the remaining three matches.
"Any time you play a series, whether it's in one-dayers or Tests, the first few games really dictate how it is going to go," said the paceman, who took 1-39 from his eight overs in Manchester.
"I suppose they had the upper hand in the Ashes, winning the first Test, and I hope we can take full advantage of winning this first ODI."
Faulkner is also aware of the importance of ending a difficult tour on a high ahead of the return Ashes series in Australia, which starts in November.
"We don't want to go home empty-handed," he added. "We've played some good cricket for the last couple of months, and it's our time now to really put our foot on the throat and win these last few games.
"It's been a little while now since we've got a win in ODIs. It was a good feeling, and we hope we can roll on now with some momentum.
"Confidence levels have always been pretty high since we've been here. I think we've played reasonably good cricket the whole three months ... it'd be really nice now to capitalise on a good solid start and try and win this series."
Faulkner made his Test debut in the weather-hit drawn final Ashes clash at The Oval last month, and he is likely to retain his place for November's opener in Brisbane with Mitchell Starc out for a "prolonged period" with a back injury.
Reflecting on his first taste of Test cricket, the 23-year-old Tasmanian said: "Obviously losing a day-and-a-half to rain wasn't ideal, but I thought we
batted really well to make just under 500.
"Then it was just a shame we couldn't knock them over. I took a bit of confidence out of that, and hope I can show that in the next few games here.
"Everyone's hoping to try to hold on to their Test spot, but at the moment I'm concentrating on the one-day cricket - after that we'll see what happens.
"At the moment, all my attention is on this series and trying to win games of cricket."
Watch the third NatWest Series ODI between England and Australia at Edgbaston this Wednesday from 1.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.