India vs Australia 2019: Marcus Stoinis Bats in the Nets, Still a Doubtful Starter for Series Decider
Injured Australia all-rounder Marcu Stoinis is still not a certainty for the series decider in New Delhi against India after it was confirmed that he has fractured his thumb. However, in the latest video posted by cricket.com.au on their twitter handle, Stoinis can be seen timing a ball pretty well in the nets. It might be good signs for the Aussies if they do get back for the virtual final. It will be interesting to see which player makes way for Stoinis in the series decider.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 12, 2019
Stoinis sustained the injury during fielding in the 3rd ODI in Ranchi which Australia won by 32 runs. He missed the 4th encounter in Mohali. His replacement Ashton Turner turned out to be the match-winner for the visitors. He smashed a magical knock of 84 of 43 deliveries to help Australia chase down their record ODI target. Courtesy his knock Australia managed to square the series 2-2.
Stoinis failed the fitness test ahead of the 4th ODI in Mohali. He is also a doubtful starter for the series decider which will be played tomorrow in Delhi. Australia will subsequently fly to UAE for a 5 match ODI series against Pakistan. Meanwhile, middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb who scored a century in the previous match said that Australia will be patient with Stoinis.
Marcus Stoinis has been an important member of the Australian limited-overs side
The all-rounder scored a good half-century in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur. However, it wasn’t enough to get Australia over the finishing line. Needing 11 of the final over, Stoinis missed a short of length delivery from Vijay Shankar. He dismissed in the very first ball of the over. Shankar then castled Adam Zampa to win India the match. However, since then Australia has made a great comeback in the series and might well win the series with momentum by their side.
Marcus Stoinis who is a useful member of the Australian limited overs squad will definitely look to break into the Playing XI with Australia in the race of winning an ODI series in India after many years. The home team despite the series being in line is expected to rest MS Dhoni and give Rishabh Pant one more opportunity. Pant got the flack from the crowd the other day so the 21-year-old kid will surely feel the pressure.
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