Australia’s hard-hitting batsman Marcus Stoinis produced the most astounding breakout performance, one year ago in Auckland. Stoinis hammered an unbeaten 146 in the Chappell-Hadlee series in just his second One-day International outing.
In addition, the epic performance left the spectators at Eden Park stunned. However, the visitors finished six runs short as Josh Hazlewood was the last man to be dismissed.
Now, Stoinis returned to Auckland after one-year to play the T20 tri-series game against New Zealand.
A special moment for me, says Marcus Stoinis:
Stoinis relished his old memories as he received a standing ovation from the parochial crowd when Stoinis reached his century.
“I’ve heard it’s pretty rare (the standing ovation). Our coach apparently got hit by a fish one time off the boundary,” Stoinis told reporters in Auckland.
“That was amazing for me and very respectful from the crowd. I found out later how rare that it is so a very special moment for me,” Stoinis added.
Excited to be back:
Stoinis emerged as a new star in Australian fold after his outstanding performance in the ODI series against England. He said the breakthrough century in Auckland boosted his international career.
“My career pretty much started here so I’m excited to be back,” Stoinis said. “To come back after 18 months and do well and help the team out, it was just a ‘thank God’ sort of thing,” Stoinis added.
Meanwhile, Australia has already booked a spot in the final with three convincing home wins. However, Stoinis said they are not ruling New Zealand out, who bounced back to form beating England by 12 runs.
“They are back in form and we know how good they are, so we will be watching out. It will be different playing them in New Zealand than in Australia because of the conditions and their supporters. We know the balance of their side is pretty good,” Stoinis stated.
In conclusion, Stoinis mentioned they will continue playing the fearless brand of cricket they have played so far.
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