Sunday, November 29, 2020

Marcus Stoinis ready to be Australia’s floating batsman vs India: I’ve got to be adaptable


Marcus Stoinis thanked Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting for supporting him throughout IPL 2020 and backing him to bat higher up the order in the shorter formats.

Marcus Stoinis was in red-hot form with bat and ball in his debut season for Delhi Capitals (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marcus Stoinis played the starring role for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020
  • Stoinis amassed 352 runs with 3 fifties and picked 13 wickets in his debut season for DC
  • Stoinis is ready to essay the same role for Australia and bat in any position the team wants him to vs India

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is ready to essay the role of the floater in the Australian batting lineup against India, just like he did for the Delhi Capitals in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Stoinis played the starring role in the middle-order in the initial stages of the tournament for DC before he was promoted to open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan in their final two games.

Stoinis amassed 352 runs in IPL 2020 with three half-centuries which included a match-winning 38 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs which helped DC reach the final.

The 31-year-old Perth star credited DC head coach Ricky Ponting for his constant support throughout IPL 2020 and told the former Australia captain that he’s willing to continue with the flexibility experiment in international cricket as well.

Ponting will be a part of Australia head coach Justin Langer’s staff for the upcoming limited-overs series against India that starts on November 27 in Sydney.

“Punter’s (Ponting) a big believer in me and wants to give me responsibility in the teams that he’s been in charge of, but I’ve got to be adaptable. I’m just happy to be involved wherever they feel I can have my biggest impact in the game.

“Whether that’s at the top or the middle … and I’ve had these conversations with Ricky and said ‘just let me know and I’ll put the pads on’,” Stoinis told reporters on Saturday.

Stoinis added that Ponting had proven to be a major factor in helping him improve his batting while in the United Arab Emirates.

“The confidence he instils, the way he teaches you, he’s as good as you’ll get,” Stoinis said.

“I don’t think he’s in the business of changing careers but like all those good coaches you don’t really know you’re being coached until you look back and realise (what he did was) bloody important.”

Australia and India play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches in Sydney and Canberra before a four-Test series starts in Adelaide on December 17.

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