Australia’s Marcus Stonis has picked up a side injury during the first ODI between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Although Cricket Australia insisted that him leaving the ground was just a precautionary measure, his availability for the second ODI at the same venue is under severe doubt after the development last night.
Stoinis entered the series between India and Australia with a great run of form carried from his best season of Indian Premier League, yet Yuzvendra Chahal needed only one delivery to see his back. The Golden duck would’ve just been an aberration on his selection path but two balls into his seventh over, he had to leave the field with a side injury.
As per a Cricinfo report, Stoinis went for a scan last night. That report is not out yet, but with a turnaround time of 24 hours, it seems unlikely that the Victorian all-rounder will make it to the XI for the second game on Sunday.
Cameron Green to replace Marcus Stoinis
Cameron Green, who has had a terrific few years in first-class cricket with Western Australia, will be the direct like-to-like replacement for Stoinis. However, Green was not bowling much in Shield Cricket lately, with his role being limited to four-over spells. But he will have to go longer in order to reduce the workload from the premier bowlers and fancy a chance in the XI. Steve Smith gave a huge appraisal of his talent which indicates his inclusion in the side ahead of experienced all-rounder Moises Henriques.
“Fingers crossed [Stoinis] is okay, if he’s not someone has to come in and probably someone who has to bowl overs so perhaps Cameron. He’s started really well in the Shield season, he’s a bright talent. I faced him for a couple of balls in the nets this afternoon before the game, it’s the first time I’ve seen him bowl and he bowls a heavy ball. He looks an impressive talent and if he gets the opportunity hopefully he can take it with both hands.”
The second ODI will be played at the SCG on November 29 (Friday).