Marcus Stoinis called up by Australia to replace Mitchell Marsh

Mar 10, 2017, 00:38
Marcus Stoinis called up by Australia to replace Mitchell Marsh

Marsh will head home with plenty to think about as both a bowler and a batsman.

Team medicos were confident at the start of the year they could manage Marsh's troublesome shoulder throughout a demanding trip to the subcontinent.

Mitchell Marsh's shoulder has continued to deteriorate as the tour has progressed in India.

Victoria allrounder Marcus Stoinis has dismissed concerns over his recent batting form and declared he's ready to make his Test debut in Australia's gripping series against India. I was really happy with the way he played the second innings in Pune. "At the end of the day it's unlucky for Mitch and we move to whoever the next person who comes in (is)". "Whether we go with Usman Khawaja or Glenn Maxwell or whoever is selected, we'll wait and see", he added. He will consult with specialists in Australia to take advise for the best course of action. "He now requires a period of rest and rehabilitation in order to return to full fitness".

According to Cricket Australia's (CA) chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns, Stoinis's experience of playing for the Australia A side in the subcontinent, got him the call ahead of fellow all-rounders Moises Henriques and Jack Wildermuth.

Stoinis, who scored an unbeaten 146 against New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series last month, played seven games for the Kings XI Punjab in India's domestic Twenty20 league previous year. "You'd love him to be more consistent, but if he's more consistent then maybe he doesn't blow games apart".

Marsh, who had been nursing the niggle since summer, will play no further part in the four-Test series that is level at 1-1. We've got to regroup quickly for Ranchi.

"Hopefully I can impact the game and help the team win". On the second day of the Bengaluru test, as the match proceeded towards tea break, Marsh was leg before wicket by Ishant Sharma, for a duck.