Pat Cummins confirms that Marcus Stoinis will be included in Australia's playing eleven against South Africa in the 2023 World Cup
Marcus Stoinis, the all-rounder for Australia, is cleared to play in the forthcoming World Cup match against South Africa after recovering from a hamstring injury. Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, made this announcement on Wednesday.
Following Australia's opening game in their most recent 2-1 series against India last month, Stoinis had been feeling uneasy. He was thus forced to miss Australia's World Cup loss to the host country as well as two warm-up matches. But prior to the crucial match on Thursday, Cummins disclosed that Stoinis will be closely watched and evaluated for fitness.
Interestingly, the 34-year-old cricketer is a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team based in Lucknow, the Super Giants, which has provided him with invaluable experience and familiarity with the playing conditions in Lucknow. Australia may find this local knowledge useful as they get ready to play South Africa in this pivotal World Cup match. It is anticipated that Stoinis will improve Australia's lineup and make significant contributions with the bat and the ball.
Cummins told reporters, "He's fit so yeah, we'll announce a team tomorrow but it's a ground he knows pretty well."
"Talking to him and a few other guys, I believe that the situation is likely different from what it is for the IPL. He's someone we'll be watching closely because of the excellent wicket."
Although Australia lost by six wickets to India in Chennai after being dismissed for a poor-quality 199 in their opening game, Cummins stated he anticipates a high-scoring contest in Lucknow.
The five-time champions should be cautious of South Africa, who defeated Sri Lanka 428–5 in their opening match.
"When it's a good wicket - which that looks like - most of the games have been 300 plus," Cummins stated.
Although I haven't looked at it today, last night it appeared really nice and even. Perhaps a little bounce and pace. We'll check in again tomorrow.
Adam Zampa, Australia's specialist spinner, conceded 53 runs from eight overs while going wicketless in the previous game, but Cummins said his detractors shouldn't read too much into his performance.
"He bowled pretty well, in my opinion, but it's difficult to defend 200 and make something out of nothing." He would be fantastic out there, I'm sure," Cummins remarked.
"Again, if you have a bit more of a total to bowl to, he's one of our key guys."