Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who is nursing the shoulder injury after falling awkwardly during the fielding drill while playing for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab as his availability is under a cloud owing to injury as he returned home last week in a bid to rehabilitate.

The results of scans will further make Cricket Australia(CA), to ponder over their process of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 squad after inducting him in 15-member side, in April, last month.

Earlier, all-rounder, James Faulkner was omitted from the squad. It’s expected that Faulkner, who has been the part of Gujarat Lions would be the able replacement for Stoinis if there happen to be anything serious in the shoulder of the 27-year-old.

Interestingly, Stoinis’ injury results through scans is expected to come to forth in this week which would further provide the clear picture of Australia’s cricket board to discuss further, the replacement.

Interestingly, earlier in this year, Stoinis smashed a significant century (147 off 117 balls) against New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee series to make a mark in his early days of international cricket.

Stoinis, who made his international debut in 2015, has played three One-day Internationals and solitary Twenty20.
In the ongoing cash-rich Twenty20 leagues season, Stoinis, whose extent of the injury is yet to be known as he had dismal show both with the bat and a ball.

Stoinis has played five IPL matches in this season in which he scored just 17 runs while bagging two wickets eventually at the unhealthy average of 55.

However, in overall 12 IPL matches, he has scored 304 runs and picked 10 wickets including his best figures of four for 15.

On May 26, Australia will play a warm-up game in London before playing their first match of the ICC’s mega event against New Zealand on June 2 (Friday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Moreover, all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh was sidelined as he is recovering from a shoulder injury which he picked during four-match Test series against India.

There are several other Australian-based players, who are participating in the IPL and would leave for London after the conclusion of IPL on May 21.

    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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