All-rounder Marcus Stoinis suffered a side strain during Australia’s game against India at The Oval. Stoinis has been ruled out of the upcoming game against Pakistan that will be played at Taunton on Wednesday.
The team management is currently monitoring Stoinis condition this week and would make a call whether to bring in Mitchell Marsh into the World Cup squad for the remainder of the competition.
It remains to be seen whether he can regain full fitness to become available for Australia against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday. If Mitchell Marsh is called into the 15-man squad, then it would mean that Stoinis will not take part in the World Cup.
Mitchell Marsh is currently part of Australia A side that has flown to UK for their tour that will begin next week. Due to Stoinis injury, Kane Richardson might be in contention to take his place in the playing XI.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis out of Pakistan game with side strain. Kane Richardson will be part of the playing XI against Pakistan
Since 2016, Stoinis has been bankable performer for Australia in white-ball cricket. He has scored 982 runs in 36 matches at an average of 36.37. He has scored one century and six half-centuries in one-day cricket for Australia.
The 29-year old has improved his bowling over the past couple of months and was considered a death bowler for Australia in one-day cricket. Stoinis has taken 30 wickets in 36 matches at an average of 43.96.
Certainly, it will be a big blow to Australia’s World Cup campaign if Stoinis is not able to regain full fitness for the remaining games of the competition.
Mitchell Marsh is an ideal replacement and was a part of Australia side that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup at home. He will be looking to make an impression if he gets his call-up to the World Cup.
Kane Richardson is expected to take Stoinis place in the playing XI for the game against Pakistan.