Pat Cummins of Australia says that their team is willing to give recalled all-rounder Marcus Stoinis a longer run to help him evolve as a finisher in the likes of former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Marcus Stoinis scored an unbeaten 23 off 18 balls which was not enough as Australia slipped from 124-2 to 148-6 to lose the opening T20I against hosts England by two runs on Friday.
Australia have a lot of excellent players who bat in the top-order for their domestic T20 sides but the team is still searching for a batsman in the middle-order who can finish off games in pressure situations. Opening the batting, Marcus Stoinis who is 31, scored 705 runs for Melbourne Stars to finish at the top in the BBL runs chart last season. However, his inability to rotate the strike early in the innings has been one of the reasons for non-inclusion in the 2019 World Cup.
Pat Cummins Said Australia Want To Give Players Time To Cement Place In Squad
Marcus Stoinis has featured in 41 ODIs and 20 T20Is for Australia where he has scored 1050 and 159 runs respectively besides taking 33 and 9 wickets respectively.
“It’s something we’ve spoken about for exactly that reason — they’re all the best players when they go back to playing domestic comps,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
“You could argue that middle-order role is one of the hardest in any cricket team. That’s what we’ve identified, we’ve got to give guys a go.
“Someone like MS Dhoni, he was one of the best in the world because he played 300-400 ODI games. You saw during this week’s practice games we gave a lot of guys a go in that.”
Pat Cummins said Australia has identified the roles and wants to give the players enough game time to cement their places. Several spots are up for grabs as Marcus Stoinis, Marcus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell look to seal their places in the middle order as Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith are certainties at top of the batting order.
“We know it’s not going to happen overnight. That’s been a common theme that selectors and Finchy have spoken about: we’ll identify roles and give them a long run in that.
“I think we’ve got the right squad, the right players, it’s about getting plenty of games into everyone now,” the pace spearhead said.
They won T20I series against India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa.
Australia Loses First Competitive Match In 6 Months
Australia’s first competitive match in nearly six months was played in front of empty stands which was weird according to Australian vice-captain but the players adjusted to the match held in pin-drop silence. The dreaded corona-virus ensured that no crowd was present to stop spreading of the virus.
“I don’t think it made any difference to the performance but for sure it was strange,” Cummins said.
“Until Starcy’s bowling the first over and you can hear a pin drop it’s weird. After a couple of overs we got into it. Just odd unless we create the noise in the field there is absolutely no noise happening. Bit of an adjustment but everyone’s played enough cricket.
“I don’t think the crowd makes too much of a difference a lot of the time but it is certainly different here in England and not hearing some of the songs,” Cummins concluded.
Australia lost the first T20I by a paltry 2 runs as England successfully defended 162 runs which they scored with Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler contributing. Australia got to a solid start but failed in the middle overs. Australia’s number 1 ranking and a run of four series victories will be on the line when they take on England in the second T20I on Sunday. Pat Cummins is in KKR squad in IPL where he will spearhead pace attack.