The World Cup marketing campaign for Marcus Stoinis has suffered an early setback after the all-rounder injured his hamstring whereas bowling within the first match for the Delhi Capitals within the restarted Indian Premier League in Dubai.
Stoinis, who’s a part of the Australian squad for subsequent month’s event, pulled up in ache throughout the first ball of his second over and limped off the sphere.
He took no additional half within the match because the Capitals went on win the sport over Sunrisers Hyderabad, with opener David Warner out for a 3rd ball duck in his first innings since April 28, almost 5 months in the past.
Fellow Aussie Steve Smith stepped in in its place fielder for Stoinis, having been neglected for the beginning workforce. Delhi is coached by Australian legend Ricky Ponting, and would want to offer a full harm replace to Cricket Australia.
Australia‘s first match of the T20 World Cup is a month away and Stoinis looms as essential a part of the decrease order with the bat, having developed his recreation to be a “finisher”.
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However whereas Stoinis faces an harm difficulty, fellow all-rounder Mitch Marsh is heading in direction of top-gear forward of the event after blasting a century for WA within the opening home one-day recreation on Wednesday.
Marsh, who made the quantity three place within the Australian T20 facet his personal throughout current excursions of the West Indies and Bangladesh, mentioned he’d skip this weeks Sheffield Defend recreation to maintain his focus solely on white ball cricket.
He’ll have at the very least another recreation for WA earlier than travelling to the World Cup.
“I’ve simply tried to reflect my preparation from the final tour, and that was solely a Twenty20 focus,” Marsh mentioned after right this moment’s one-day win in Adelaide.
“That is white-ball cricket and pretty comparable, and clearly I need to be enjoying as a lot cricket for Western Australia as I can however I‘m representing Australia in a World Cup and it’s an enormous event.
“So I need to be in my finest kind going into that.
“To be brutally trustworthy, I’ve simply practised hitting sixes and that’s all I actually did earlier than I went away (to the Caribbean) and it appeared to work for me.
“I’ll maintain doing that, and I assume once I finally play some red-ball cricket that should change however I’m simply having fun with coaching onerous and getting ready for video games so nothing will change an excessive amount of.”
Marsh is aware of he could not bat at quantity three on the World Cup with a raft of Australia’s top-line batsmen, together with Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, returning after lacking the abroad excursions.
“I’m hopeful to be up there (within the top-order), however we’ve bought so many good gamers,” he mentioned right this moment.
“I imply Steve Smith has held that position for a good whereas now and he‘s a good participant that man.
“No matter position I get, whether or not it‘s batting at quantity three or floating by that middle-order like we do with all these guys in there, I’m going to be actually clear on my position and do it to the very best of my capability and hopefully assist Australia win video games of cricket.”