Marcus Stoinis, who earned a recall to an extended Australian squad for their limited overs’ tour to England after almost spending a year out of the squad without a central contract, credited Matthew Wade for a piece of advice that motivated him during his exile from the team.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Stoinis said, “I actually had a really good message from ‘Wadey’ when he found out I didn’t have a contract. He’s been in a similar boat throughout his career and he just said, ‘Be the best cricketer Marcus Stoinis can be and if you do that every day, that’s going to be more than enough to achieve whatever you want to achieve.’”
“That’s pretty much the way I see it at the moment. The way I see myself as a cricketer is not going to be based on who decides to give me a contract and who doesn’t. I still see myself in a certain way as a cricketer. I still see myself wanting to play Test cricket for Australia, one-day cricket for Australia, T20 cricket for Australia. I want to go to the IPL, I want to play Big Bash, I want to play for Western Australia, I want to win a (Sheffield) Shield title with Western Australia.”
Having been on the fringes of the Test team earlier in 2019 in addition to being a limited-overs mainstay, Stoinis found himself out of the team in all three formats. He went on to have a dominant KFC BBL campaign with the bat, earning player of the tournament honours despite not bowling until the tournament’s final.
“My body was really struggling come the last 12 months and I was really aware I was giving a lot physically and mentally and I wasn’t taking care of myself enough,” said Stoinis. “So I looked at this (pandemic) as an opportunity to reset all of that and fill myself up with energy again.” “Whether it’s getting strong, whether it’s getting clear in my mind, whether it’s filling my heart up with love from my family, because before you know it there could be an Australian tour and you could be away for five months again. So I know all those things are coming so this is the time to charge those batteries up again.”