CWC 2019: Stoinis ruled out of Pakistan clash
Australia have been dealt a massive blow in their all-rounder slot as Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of tomorrow’s clash against Pakistan due to a side strain.
Now that the defending champions are preparing for their fourth fixture at the County Ground, Taunton. In Marcus Stoinis’ absence, Mitchell Marsh jetted off to the UK as cover despite the fact that Stoinis is still part of the squad for now.
The all-rounder Marsh would be looking forward to making his presence count on the pitch. He is known for the knack of bit hitting skills and has the ability to launch the balls towards the gallery with such ease. Apart from that, he is a decent bowler too.
Stoinis picked up the side strain during Australia’s match against India at The Oval. His fitness will again be assessed before the Pakistan game and a further call will be taken. ICC rules state that a player ruled out of the World Cup can’t be added back to the squad.
Against Pakistan though, Australia will have to choose a replacement from Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon.
Marsh, who last played an ODI in January 2018, was supposed to be in England for the A tour later this month but his departure from Australia was fast-tracked to allow the team the option of a back-up allrounder, should Stoinis be ruled out of the tournament.
Earlier this year, Marsh was dropped from Australia’s list of contracted players for the 2019-20 season after enduring a tough season since being elevated as Australia’s joint Test vice-captain. He lost his spot in the national side across formats due to poor performances, including twin failures against India in the Boxing Day Test match.
Even though Marsh had been replaced by Stoinis in Australia’s ODI plans, he still remained on the radar for red-ball cricket. He ended the Sheffield Shield with a century and earned a spot in Australia’s 14-member four-day side set to tour England in July.
Cut to Pakistan who are potentially riding high in confidence after beating the hosts nation England, they will look to continue their good form in the ongoing tournament.