Australian talisman all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of the team’s next match against Sri Lanka. Stoinis who had missed the last match against Pakistan due to side strain has failed to recover from the injury. The southpaw batsman Shaun Marsh had replaced Marcus Stoinis in the previous match. Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh had earlier flown to England as an 11-minute replacement.
Subsequently, Marcus Stoinis absence was clearly palpable in the clash against Pakistan. Australia’s captain Aaron Finch had to bowl himself and Glenn Maxwell to cover the overs of the fifth bowler. Finch did a fine job and also took the crucial wicket of Mohammad Hafeez but Glenn Maxwell was on the expensive side for Australia.
Marcus Stoinis has thus far scalped four wickets.
Hence, Australia had dearly missed the services of their talisman all-rounder. However, it hasn’t been a great tournament for Marcus Stoinis thus far. The right-hander has only scored 19 runs in the two innings he has batted for the defending champions.
On the other hand, Marcus Stoinis has so far scalped four wickets in the three matches he has played. Australia has thus far played four matches in the ongoing World Cup and they have won three matches whereas the reigning champions had lost a solitary contest against India.
Australia had won their last match against Pakistan and they would like to be at the top of their game against Sri Lanka. The defending champions have peaked at the right time and they would once again like to deliver the goods against depleted Sri Lankan side. Thus, Australia will begin the contest as favourites.
In Marcus Stoinis absence, Australia is expected to play the same playing XI as they had done against Pakistan. Australia and Sri Lanka will lock horns with each other at Kennington Oval, London on 15th June.