WC 2019 | Australia to take final call on injured Stoinis next week
London | Jagran Sports Desk: The Australian team will take a final call on Marcus Stoinis ahead of their match against Bangladesh next week. Stoinis had suffered a side strain which is preventing him from bowling.
Skipper Aaron Finch said Mitchell Marsh, who is on standby and has started training, would be ready if he is included in the official squad.
"Yeah, that's why he's here ... but as a bit of a precaution more than anything, if Stoinis doesn't recover well enough over the next couple of days," Finch was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
"There is confidence that Mitch will come in and do well if selected if Stoinis doesn't recover properly," he added.
Finch admitted that injury to an all-rounder upsets the balance of a side.
"Yeah, it's tough when guys, especially all-rounders who balance out your side really well and give you that extra fast-bowling option, as well as a top six batter, (are out). So it's a little bit difficult trying to decide whether you go the extra batter or the extra bowler, depending on conditions," Finch said.
"So I think it does make it a little bit tougher, a bit more of a challenge, no doubt. But we also did plan for that, if it did happen throughout the tournament. So it wasn't a total surprise. Obviously, it's not ideal, but it's not a surprise to us because we had already thought about things like that. But just game to game, it totally changes depending on the conditions," he added.
(with PTI inputs)
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