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AUS vs NZ ODI series: Stoinis misses final ODI with side strain

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AUS vs NZ ODI: Australia’s Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of the final ODI against New Zealand. The successful David-Warner-Aaron Finch opening combo won’t get one last chance after Warner was cut from Australia’s team to manage his workload.

Stoinis will miss the decisive game of the Chappell-Hadlee series due to a low-level side stride. He will go back to Perth to try and get better in time for the quick T20I tour of India. The team is leaving late next week. However, side strains may be difficult to heal from in a short amount of time.

The final game in Cairns on Sunday will feature pace bowler Nathan Ellis, who has appeared in three ODIs.

After declaring his retirement on Saturday, Finch will have a different opening partner for his final ODI. This is a result of Warner’s dismissal from the team. With 3788 runs, including 12-century stands, the pair will rank fourth among Australian batting combinations.

Marnus Labuschagne might be a candidate to accompany Finch. The backup batter in the lineup is Josh Inglis, who took Marsh’s spot. And also Cameron Green, who missed the second game due to cramps from the previous game, might be available once more.

Stoinis is the second all-rounder injury that Australia has experienced in the past few weeks. Mitchell Marsh had to return home after the first game against Zimbabwe to recover from a minor ankle injury. But there were signs that he would be able to play in the India tour.

Stoinis removed James Neesham in the second ODI on Thursday, but he left the field before the outcome was decided.

While Finch’s form issues have received most of the attention, Stoinis’ returns have also received little attention. Since the start of the 2019 World Cup, he has made 308 runs in 19 ODI innings at 17.11.

Australia’s triumph in the T20 World Cup last year was greatly aided by both Stoinis and Marsh. Despite missing the team’s loss to England, Marsh solidified his position as the No. 3 player, and Stoinis joined Matthew Wade as a middle-order finisher. The combination also offers practical solutions for pace bowling. However, it remains to be seen how Australia would integrate Tim David into their lineup for this year’s competition.


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