Two-time World-Cup winner, Shane Watson has backed Australia all-rounder, Marcus Stoinis to make his Test debut, as he feels Stoinis has in him to deliver goods for his nation. However, Marcus Stoinis has played 21 ODIs and 17 T20Is for Australia since 2015. Of late, Shane Watson said Stoinis is one of his favourite players. Watson further said the all-rounder should get an opportunity to play in the Test side. In addition to, Watson also backed him by calling him a powerful hitter.
Stoinis is a skilled all-rounder – Shane Watson
“I think he’s a very skilled allrounder in all formats. In the end, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t have an opportunity to be able to play Test cricket for Australia at some stage. He’s a skilful guy; he’s a technically very sound four-day batsman as well as we’ve seen in one-day and T20 cricket, he’s a power hitter as well. I’ve got no doubt at some stage; he’ll get a (Test) opportunity.” Shane Watson said.
Moreover, the 29-year-old also suffered a minor ankle injury against Victoria earlier this month, limiting his ability to bowl in the match at the MCG.
Watson further revealed Marcus Stoinis would need 3-4 weeks to recover fully, but he’s in no doubt for the start of the BBL season.
“It will take three or four weeks to heal fully, but as long as I’m managing it properly, it’s all good. Test selection was on my mind, but the selection was on Tuesday, so my focus stays with the Stars. You want to be playing, but there’s no expectation, and you’ve got no right to sort of just select yourself. I’m looking forward to starting the BBL.” Shane Watson concluded.
Furthermore, Marcus Stoinis owns a first-class batting average of 33.61 after 53 games. He has bagged 52 wickets at 42.36 apiece and also scored 2857 runs which include 19 fifties and four hundred.
Recently, he played the perfect allrounder’s role for Australia in the opening T20I match against Indian National Cricket Team scoring 33 runs off 19 deliveries.