While Australian captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith claim to miss the crowds in England, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has a different point of view. The Australians have reached the shores of England, where they will clash in three ODIs and as many T20Is. Marcus Stoinis, who returned to the national set-up after a year-long hiatus, owing to poor form, feels glad by the absence of Barmy Army this time. The matches will take place behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Australian captain, Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner, were the primary targets for the spectators during the Ashes and World Cup last year. The same took shape due to the pair’s roles in the ball-tampering incident in South Africa in March 2018. While Smith and Warner copped it on the chin, Marcus Stoinis did not go by unscathed.
Marcus Stoinis affirmed that they love playing in England irrespective of anything. While Stoinis lauds the banter by the crowds, he revealed an apple thrown at him last year. Hence, the 31-year-old reckons it would be a different experience this time and it will be up to the team to create energy and intensity.
“We always love playing here (England) regardless. The banter is usually pretty good. I did have an apple thrown at me last year but apart from that it’s pretty good. It will be a different experience. It will be up to the team to create some energy and run around,” Marcus Stoinis said as quoted by IANS.
It can be frustrating when you feel like you result on the board and you don’t get rewarded: Marcus Stoinis
The 31-year-old, who will don the national colours for the first time since the 2019 World Cup semi-final, had an outstanding Big Bash Season of 2019-20. Even as Marcus Stoinis topped the run-scoring charts, the selectors ignored him for the South African white-ball tour. Stoinis conceded he felt frustrated when, despite producing performances, one does not get rewarded. However, he felt excited to return to the national outfit.
“It can be frustrating when you feel like you result on the board and you don’t get rewarded. But in the same breath there’s probably five, six, seven players who feel the same way. So you don’t get too carried away with it, you just keep doing your thing. It’s a nice reward to be back,” the Western Australian added.