Australia’s Marcus Stoinis in fray for World Cup clash with South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia‘s versatile player Marcus Stoinis has successfully recovered from a hamstring issue and is ready to participate in their World Cup encounter against South Africa in Lucknow. The Australian team captain, Pat Cummins, confirmed this on Wednesday.
Stoinis had been dealing with hamstring discomfort following their first match in the series against India last month, which ultimately ended in a 2-1 series defeat for Australia.
As a result, he had to sit out of two warm-up matches and missed the initial World Cup match against the hosts. However, Cummins expressed confidence in Stoinis’s availability for the upcoming clash on Thursday.
Stoinis, a seasoned 34-year-old all-rounder, is particularly well-acquainted with the conditions at Lucknow, as he represents the Lucknow-based Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His familiarity with the local conditions could prove to be advantageous for the Australian team.
“He’s fit so yeah, we’ll announce a team tomorrow but it’s a ground he knows pretty well,” Cummins told reporters.
“I think chatting to him and a couple of other guys, it’s probably in a bit of a different condition to what it is for the IPL. The wicket looks really good so yeah, he’s someone we’ll look at pretty closely.”
Australia were dismissed for a below-par 199 in their first match, before suffering a six-wicket defeat by India in Chennai, but Cummins said he expects a high-scoring game in Lucknow.
The five-time champions will be wary of South Africa, who smashed 428-5 in their opening win over Sri Lanka.
“When it’s a good wicket – which that looks like – most of the games have been 300 plus,” Cummins said.
“I haven’t had a look at it today, but last night it looked really good, really even. Maybe a bit of pace and bounce. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
Australia’s specialist spinner Adam Zampa went wicketless in the last game and gave away 53 runs from eight overs but Cummins said critics should not look too deeply into his form.
“I thought he bowled okay but it’s pretty hard defending 200 and trying to create something out of nothing. I’m sure he would be great out there,” Cummins said.
“Again, if you have a bit more of a total to bowl to, he’s one of our key guys.”
(With Reuters inputs)

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