Marcus Stoinis Questionable For Australia's Opening World Cup Match Against India Due To Hamstring Problem
After suffering a hamstring injury in a one-day international against the hosts last month, Australia's all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is "touch and go" for their World Cup opener against India this coming weekend, according to coach Andrew McDonald on Thursday.
The 34-year-old was doubtful of his fitness before Sunday's opening game in Chennai after experiencing soreness after Australia's opening game of their 2-1 series loss. He missed two warm-up matches.
That took place following the match in Mohali. After the game, he seemed a little sore. Further examination clearly revealed that the injury was a minor hamstring, and he is currently recovering, McDonald told Australian media.
"In the first game, it will be very close. Although he has not been completely ruled out, we were not willing to take a chance on him in those drills.
In light of the fact that these next few days will be crucial for him to push for selection for game one, he is likely being a little slow. We will watch to see what happens.
Among Australia's five all-rounders, Stoinis is one who is anticipated to be crucial to the team's efforts to win a sixth World Cup.
Adam Zampa, their lone specialist spinner, has his workload under control ahead of the tournament, according to McDonald.
According to McDonald, "he did pull up sore from the second game in the ODI series, but nothing significant."
Travis Head, the starting batter, is also recuperating from a fractured hand; according to McDonald, an official update is anticipated by Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
McDonald stated, "Until we get that, he will stay at home training and prepping his body as much as he can. That will give us a lot more information as to the final time frames and when he potentially can join the group."