Australian all-rounder cricketer Marcus Stoinis will play for Australia in the upcoming Test in India on the strength of his bowling, and earlier performances said on Thursday interim chief selector Trevor Hohns.
Stoinis has been named as a replacement for the injured of Mitchell Marsh which will leave for India Test at the conclusion of the match.
Mitchell’s shoulder injury makes his return to Australia after an unacceptable campaign. He scored 48 runs in four innings and had been bowled five overs in first two Test at Pune and Bengaluru.
The 63-year-old former Australian cricketer Hohns said to the reporters “When we looked at the various options we had to replace Mitch there were two or three people that came to mind of course.”
“Marcus was one, Moises (Henriques) was another, another young fella by the name of Jack Wildermuth was considered as well, he’s had a terrific season too.”
Marcus Stoinis has played seven games in IPL T20 for Kings XI Punjab, he also toured Indian with Australia A in the year 2015.
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Hohns said in Bengaluru “Marcus got across the line simply because during Australia A here a couple of years ago he performed very well. Secondly, to give us as many options we could have going forward in this series; we felt the stronger bowler was the best option at this stage. That’s what got him across the line.”
Marcus Stoinis caught the eye after 146 unbeaten over New Zealand in ODI series. He had scored 126 runs at the average of 12.60 in six games.
Hohns added “(Auckland) was very impressive, there’s no doubt about that. What he showed there was his ability to perform under extreme pressure as well, so that obviously was taken into account, albeit it was different form of the game.”
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However, he is not sure to replace Marsh in the starting side for the next Test in Ranchi. All-rounder’s Ashton Agar and Glenn Maxwell settled in as members of the touring party although not playing in the first two matches.
The series between India and Australia is level at 1-1 with the second last Test starting on 16th March.