Broken thumb won’t keep Stoinis out of World Cup

Aussies all-rounder Marcus is self-assured that his thumb damage will have healed completely by the time the ICC Men’s CWC 2019 comes around. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup Final Tickets.

Marcus fractured his right thumb in Australia’s limited-overs tour of India previous this month. It caused him to miss one match, but has not come in the way of his contribution in the ongoing series against Pakistan.

Marcus has only been used slightly this series. He has bowled eight overs through the two matches and conceded 54 runs without taking a wicket. And he hasn’t been obligatory with the bat, with Australia’s top-order in top form.

Though, Stoinis told that he has been okay to play usually, though he has had to keep the finger protected while fielding. “I am pretty pleased it did not keep me out for too long,” he said on the day before of the third ODI in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday, 26 March2019.

Broken thumb won’t keep Stoinis out of World Cup
Broken thumb won’t keep Stoinis out of World Cup

“It was uncomfortable for a good couple of days. It’s just something I’m going to keep covered up while fielding. But it’s pulled up pretty well. After each game, it’s been okay. I think I’ll be over it by the World Cup. I think it should be totally healed within four weeks.”

Stoinis has been busy roving around the world for the last few months. After a long BBL season with the Melbourne Stars that went all the way to the final, Stoinis took the flight to India for the five-match ODI series and is now in the UAE for as several matches against Pakistan.

He will coming back to India at the end of that tour to join his new IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. Then, if he’s selected for the CWC, he will have to go to Brisbane with the Aussies squad for a training camp ahead of the CWC, and then take the flight to England.

“It has been a time-consuming,” he said of life on the road. “Fortunately, it’s always easier when you’re winning and we’re just making sure on my off days, you’re chilling out.

“I will have my family come over to meet me in India, and then again, I will probably meet them in Brisbane in the World Cup prep. I might bring a pair of mates over for the Cricket World Cup, if I am there, awaiting selection.

“For me, it’s about having people around, making sure I’m staying in contact with home. But it is a long stint.”

Broken thumb won’t keep Stoinis out of World Cup
Broken thumb won’t keep Stoinis out of World Cup

Making that spell worthwhile, though, is the success he’s had with the Aussies squad over the last few weeks. After a famous series win in India, where they came back from 0-2 down to win their next three games, Aussies have now taken a 3-0 lead against Pakistan.

“We’ve had a lot of reflection to do over the last 12 months – on how we’ve been playing, playing in different conditions and people gaining experience. It’s good to get a bit of reward for hard work.”

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