All-rounder Australian player, Marcus Stoinis has been dropped from the 14-member team finalized for the T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan by Cricket Australia on October 8. The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) declared the Commonwealth Bank T20I and ODI series squad on their official website, with Meg Lanning as the captain. The series is scheduled in Sydney starting from October 13. Stoinis had scored 87 runs in seven innings during the World Cup when he suffered from a side injury which further affected his bowling.
Trevor Hohns, Australia's national selector said in an official statement on the Cricket Australia website, that the present squad is decided while keeping in mind the men's Twenty20 World Cup which will be hosted by Australia after nearly a year. This 14-member team will get Australia through all the upcoming tournaments. The selectors have picked an “exciting” squad that features a mix of the best emerging talent from a range of pathway programs as the fixture presents the players with a fantastic opportunity in order to test themselves against international opposition.
Shawn Flegler, the Australian selector also said that “the selectors have elected to stick with the same group of players that completed a 6-0 tour whitewash against the West Indies recently with Erin Burns the unlucky player to miss out on the ODI squad. It’s been a big few months for the players with an away Ashes series and a short turnaround from the West Indies tour, and with back-to-back T20 matches we have named an extra player in the T20 squad as cover.”
The 30-year-old Australian player suffered a side strain which has prevented him from bowling as a precaution. It was during the fifth over against the Indian team at The Oval on June 9. Stopinis bowled the second last and last overs, which had involved a shard return catch to dismiss MS Dhoni. Finch, Stoinis's teammate reportedly acknowledged that he was in discomfort, and even though it wasn't ideal the bowler managed to deliver for a couple of more overs. Initially, there was some unsure about how many matches will Stoinis miss due to his injury.
(with inputs from agencies)