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Marcus Stoinis unlikely to play against India in Chennai

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Andrew McDonald on Marcus Stoinis said that at the moment he wasn’t fit and available for those practice games.

Andrew McDonald on Marcus Stoinis

“He’s got a slight hamstring complaint at this stage, so that’s why he missed the practice games and he’ll be touch and go for the first game against India. We’ve got the main session today and then another hit out tomorrow, so he’ll go through his work there and we’ll see whether he’s available for selection for game one but at the moment he wasn’t fit and available for those practice games,”. McDonald said on Marcus in Chennai as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

He further added on having both Green and Marcus in the team

“There’s a way that we can fit them both into the one side. Over the last 18 months, we’ve had a pretty clear way that we want to build three ways of playing. One of those ways is definitely with all the all-rounders and potentially two quicks. And you’ve seen that side in the past 18 months being played. So there is a real possibility that both of those players can be in the same XI. And we haven’t ruled that out,” the coach added.

“You can change your batting line-up, you can change the structure of your top order. So behind the scenes, we’re pretty clear on the way that we want to go about it. And that’ll be surface-dependent and clearly body-dependent as well.

“The World Cup is a long campaign, there’s no doubt going to be some sore bodies at certain times. We feel as though with [our] squad that we’ve got great flexibility, albeit at the moment obviously Travis Head sitting and where he’s at, that’ll give us greater scope to shift and manoeuvre the side the way that we have over the last 18 months,” the 42-year-old added.

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