Perth: Australia's injury concerns intensified on the eve of the third Ashes Test when James Faulkner broke his right thumb during Thursday's batting practice. (Click here for full Ashes coverage)
Ryan Harris has been bothered by knee soreness since the second Test finished in Adelaide on Monday and Faulkner had been among the players in contention for a recall if the veteran paceman was ruled out.
Australian team doctor Peter Bruckner said Faulkner was hit on the thumb during a net session and x-rays showed a fracture. Bruckner said the timing of his comeback depended on how the injury heals. Faulkner, who took six wickets in his solitary Test against England in October, was 12th man during Australia's wins in Brisbane and Adelaide.