Former Australian great David Hussey in his recent interview has hailed all-rounder Marcus Stoinis while adding that he would have played all formats for Australia, if Hussey was a selector, such is Stoinis’ talent.
The 30-year-old middle-order batsman Stoinis was named as the Man of the Tournament in the recently-concluded Big Bash League (BBL) 2020.
Stoinis shone for his team – Melbourne Stars, scoring a record 705 runs in the tournament, along with an individual best score of 147* against eventual champions, Sydney Sixers.
However, he has been overlooked by the national team selectors, having not played for Australia since the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Although, Melbourne Stars coach Hussey lavished praise on Stoinis in his interview with ESPN Cricinfo’s Stump Mic podcast.
If I were a selector, Marcus Stoinis would be playing all three formats: David Hussey
The 42-year-old Australian coach admitted that the Australian selectors have a tough job of picking up a squad of just 15 odd players from a plethora of players.
However, Stoinis is known for his versatility and his value is such, that he should definitely play for the Aussies across all formats.
“He’s probably one of the best allrounders going around in T20 cricket and probably the longer form of the game as well. If I were a selector of Australia, I think he’d be playing Test match cricket and one-day cricket and T20 cricket for Australia. He’s that talented, he works hard, and is a great team man,” said Hussey.
David Hussey lavishes praise on Marcus Stoinis:
Having coached Stoinis at Stars, Hussey has seen the former’s talent first hand. He was effusive in his praise for Stoinis, while going on to add that the 30-year-old all-rounder would walk into the playing eleven of any team such is his talent and versatility.
“He’s a great fielder, he’s a great bowler, he’s a great team man. Whatever the coach asks, he’ll do it to the best of his ability and he would fit into any team and dressing room,” Hussey added.
Australia are currently on a tour of South Africa and the two teams will play the final game of the three-match T20I series that is tied at 1-1, on Wednesday. The match will be played at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.