India in Australia, 2nd ODI: All-rounder Marcus Stoinis likely to miss out after suffering side injury

    Marcus Stoinis seemed to be in pain after delivering the second ball of his 7th over against India on Friday. He immediately left the field and his over was completed by Maxwell

    Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis

    Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. (Reuters Photo)

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Stoinis has a history with side injuries and also suffered one at the 2019 World Cup
    • Cameron Green can be the replacement for Stoinis and make his debut for Australia on Sunday
    • Seasoned campaigner Moises Henriques could be the other option to replace Stoinis

    Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is likely to miss out the second ODI against India in Sydney on Sunday, after picking up an injury in the first match on Friday.

    Stoinis seemed to be in pain after delivering the second ball of his seventh over of India’s run chase. He immediately left the field and his over was completed by Glenn Maxwell.

    A Cricket Australia spokesperson later confirmed that Stoinis had suffered “left side pain” and was likely to undergo some tests to check the extent of the injury.

    The all-rounder was unable to open his account with the bat, getting caught behind to Ravindra Jadeja off the very first ball that he faced. While bowling, he had figures of 0-26 in his 6.2 overs before he had to leave the field.

    With less than 48 hours between the first and second ODIs, it was unlikely that Stoinis will have the time to recover for Sunday’s game.

    If he does not play on Sunday, then it may give the Australia a chance to try out either the young uncapped player Cameron Green or the seasoned campaigner Moises Henriques.

    Cameron Green can make his debut

    Green seems to be the favourite with cricket.com.au quoting Steve Smith as saying, “Fingers crossed [Stoinis] is okay, if he’s not someone has to come in and probably someone who has to bowl overs so perhaps Cameron. He’s started really well in the Shield season, he’s a bright talent.

    “I faced him for a couple of balls in the nets this afternoon before the game, it’s the first time I’ve seen him bowl and he bowls a heavy ball. He looks an impressive talent and if he gets the opportunity hopefully he can take it with both hands.”

    Sean Abbott and Ashton Agar are the other all-rounders in Australia’s 18-player squad, but they are seen more as bowlers who bat rather than Stoinis, Henriques and Green who are stronger batters.

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