Australia’s premier fast-bowling allrounder Marcus Stoinis has picked up a side injury during the first ODI against India on Friday (November 27). He is likely to miss the second ODI which is due to be played on Sunday (November 30) as Australia will take a precautionary measure.
After bowling the second ball of his seventh over, Stoinis left the field as he started limping and looked in pain. Following this, he didn’t return back to the field.
According to ESPNCricinfo, Stoinis is set to have a scan on Friday night. As the gap between the two matches is less, the fast bowling all-rounder is expected to be rested. His absence will be an advantage for India because he was bowling gas during the first ODI.
In his 6.2 overs, Marcus Stoinis gave away only 25 runs, registering the staggering economic rate of 3.90, although he could not pick a wicket. However, his absence didn’t harm the team as Adam Zampa took Australia to victory while defending 375 runs. The spinner picked up two crucial wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya to seal the deal. Overall, he notched four wickets and conceded 54 runs in his 10 overs quota.
Who can replace Marcus Stoinis?
Australian has quite many young options, who can replace Marcus Stoinis. Cameron Green, who has made headlines for his Sheffield Shield stint, can get the chance to play maiden ODI.
Another option Australia have in their squad is Moises Henriques, who was recalled for the first time since 2017 and is also a like-for-like replacement for Stoinis. Sean Abbott is also a good bowling allrounder option or Ashton Agar which would provide another frontline spinner.
Meanwhile, Australia has started the tour on a good note as they defeated India by 66 runs in the first ODI. The visiting nation leaked too many runs and was also lax while fielding.