In the first T20I in Rose Bowl, host England secured a two runs win over Australia. The Australian team is looking to fight back in the second T20 and hence they are doing some intensive planning. amid all this, the Aussie vice-captain, Pat Cummins has come out and said that the team is looking to give Marcus Stoinis an extended run of games to mould himself as finisher like MS Dhoni.
England secured a slim win in the first T20I at Rose Bowl against the Kangaroos.
Stoinis scored 23 runs off 18 balls in the first T20I. However, his innings was not enough to guide his team to victory. They were 124/2 at one stage, from where they slipped to 148/6 and lost the match by two runs. Although Australia has a perfect top order, the middle order still lacks the spark and has failed to deliver. The team needs a player who can finish off games.
“You could argue that the middle-order role is one of the hardest in any cricket team. That’s what we’ve identified, we’ve got to give guys a go. Someone like MS Dhoni, he was one of the best in the world because he played 3-400 ODI games. You saw during this week’s practice games we gave a lot of guys a go in that,” said Cummins as quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.
Pat Cummins states that the change will not come overnight for Australia.
Stoinis played as an opener for the Melbourne Stars, scoring 705 runs in the BBL season and topping the chart of the highest run-scorers in the tournament. However, he did not become part of the World Cup 2019 team due to the failure to rotate strike properly at the start of his innings.
“It’s something we’ve spoken about for exactly that reason — they’re all the best players when they go back to playing domestic camps.” The Australian vice-captain opined that they will give chances to the players to cement their spot in the lineup.
“We know it’s not going to happen overnight. That’s been a common theme that selectors and Finchy have spoken about: we’ll identify roles and give them a long run in that,” concluded the pacer.