Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of their next game against Pakistan on Wednesday with a side strain in the ongoing ICC World Cup. Another all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is en route to join the World Cup squad in England. Stoinis got a side strain during the game against India at The Oval. However, he has not been ruled out of the whole tournament.
Marcus Stoinis bowled seven overs while conceding 62 runs and picked up two crucial wickets of India captain Virat Kohli and the former captain MS Dhoni. He picked a stunning one-handed return catch and dismissed Dhoni after a quickfire knock. However, they failed to impress with the bat as he was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a second-ball duck in their 353-run chase where they lost by 36 runs.
However, his fitness will be checked before the next game and then it will be decided. On the other hand, according to the ICC rules if a player ruled out of the World Cup can’t return to the squad. Marsh, who last donned the yellow jersey for an ODI in January 2018, was supposed to be in England later this month for their A tour but he has already departed from Australia.
Earlier this year, Marsh was dropped from the squad as well as from the list of their contracted players for the 2019-20 season due to poor performances against India in the Boxing Day Test match. Though he was a part of Australia’s World Cup-winning squad in the 2015 edition, he didn’t get to play in the final as Maxwell, Shane Watson and James Faulkner got the preference as all-rounders.
Australia captain Aaron Finch, however, revealed that Stoinis would be reassessed prior to their next clash.
“(We’re) not exactly sure on how many games he’ll miss,” told Finch. “That’s why Mitch is flying over. It’s still being assessed. Over the next couple of days we’ll have a clearer picture on what that looks like,” he further added.