Australian all rounder Marcus Stoinis hit four fours and six sixes in his 18-ball blitz to take apart the Sri Lankan bowlers and helped Australia registering their first win of the marquee tournament. He also won Man of the Match award for his blistering knocks against the Asia Cup champions. The Perth born Stoinis credited playing in the Indian Premier League for his evolution as a power-hitter.
Stoinis said in the post-match press conference on Tuesday,” Yeah, definitely the IPL has changed my cricket and helped me evolve. And it’s not only playing on the wickets, it’s having the coaches from all over the world, having players from different countries. I’ve played for quite a few years in the IPL and quite a few teams, so you come across a range of techniques and mentalities about how to play spin. Yeah, it has helped me improve for sure.”
Though Stoinis is happy with his team’s bowling performance against the Lankans but still he is looking forward for some small improvements, “I don’t think we felt flat, to be honest. I think it felt like we bowled pretty well. I felt like we bowled well in the powerplay. There were a few balls up in the air that fell in gaps and that sort of stuff. I think we’re pretty happy with how we bowled.”
“Yeah, there’s definitely things we can tidy up, you tidy up three or four balls in the game, and it could be the difference of 18 runs sort of thing. Yeah, it’ll just be little things that we review.”
Australia missed Adam Zampa for the game against Srilanka as he got tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. Stoinis believed that the team missed the services of leg spinner while also applaud Ashton Agar for his good performances in whatever limited opportunities he get.
“It’s not ideal because I know Zampa would have loved to be out there playing today. Yeah, but that’s just where we’re at at the moment, I guess. Everyone around the world is going through that, and every team is going to have their process in place to try and keep it as safe as possible.”
“It’s really hard on Ashton because I think his economy rate in international T20 is like six or something like that. I mean, it’s just the team balance that sort of keeps him out of the team, and we’ve got Zamps who does so well for us.”
“I think it was an easier option to make sure he gets better and looks after himself when you’ve got someone like Ash waiting on the wings to take over. He’s a gun fielder, and he’s there with the bat, as well. So he’s a great all-around package for us, and he provides good energy around the team. It’s almost just a shame he can’t play every game”, he added.
Stoinis is excited for their next game against England on Friday at the iconic Melbourne Cricket ground and is aware of the threat that the strong England team possesses. “Backs are still against the wall I think,” Stoinis said. “It’s going to be a really important game for us. I don’t know what the equations are going to be later on through the tournament. There has been a bit of rain around Australia as well, we will look to take that game on.”
“They are a very, very good team,” Stoinis said of an England side led by Jos Buttler. “Very strong batting line-up, skillful bowlers, good mix of left-arm, right-armers, spin, leg spin, so they got all bases covered. Obviously we didn’t start the way we wanted this World Cup campaign to start, so it’s nice to be on board. It’s going to be a big game on Friday at the MCG,” Stoinis concluded