Chennai: Australian all-rounder Marcus Peter Stoinis said the Indian cricket team as a whole is a threat, after the practice match against the Board Presidents XI here. The Australian scored 76 runs with a strike rate of over 126, helped his side defeat the hosts by a massive 103 run margin.
“You can name all of them, they are all a threat, you can name every single one of them, they are all great players, very good players,” he said at the media conference yesterday, to a question about facing Indian bowlers in the upcoming series starting on Sunday.
Stoinis, who scored a quickfi re 76 before picking up a wicket, said he expects big scores in the oneday international series against India going by what happened in the practice game at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here. ‘I think we have to score a lot of runs in this series.
The Indians are batting really well. I think heavy runs, 350 it will be… for sure,’ he said when asked if scores over 300 would be the norm in the upcoming five-match series. Speaking about the practice match, he said, there are a lot of positives that can be taken from the game.
“Positives with the bat is quite a few, the batters made good runs early and in terms of spinners, Ashton Agar bowled beautifully. All spinners bowled well and they all got something out of it (the match) individually. Just understanding the conditions and the lengths one has to bowl,” he said.
About playing the IPL experirnce lending a helping hand, he said playing in the IPL and having knowledge of the conditions do help perform better.
“Obviously, being exposed to conditions helped. We have an Indian coach, (Sridharan) Sriram and we have been working closely with him. Sriram and I get on well together. We were in Delhi together during my first IPL and it is good for me.”
To a particular question about the availability of more all-rounders in the Australian team posing a ‘headache’ for the selectors, Stoinis said, “I am sure it is a good headache (to have). However, (James) Faulkner and I are different types of all-rounders. He is more on the bowling side and I am more on the batting side. Also, he is a left-armer and so he brings a different aspect to the team’s bowling.”
“It is upto the selectors,” he quipped about getting a chance in the side.
|Washington was the pick|
The Board President’s XI coach Hemang Badani and captain Gurkeerat Mann Singh heaped laurels on offi e Washington Sundar, who bowled a tidy spell and picked up the wickets of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell.
Gurkeerat Mann Singh said Washington Sundar bowled very well and stood out in the bowling attack. “He has been bowling well, he bowled very well in the IPL as well. He knows his bowling. (But) everybody had to get a chance to bowl, we had to adjust eight bowlers,” he said.
“I don’t think it is a 350 wicket. It was 40 too many. About 280-290 would have been a decent target. For that total, we would have planned and batted differently. With 340 on the board, it beomes diffi cult from ball one and also on a wicket like this, the toss matters a lot. Batting second tends to become a bit difficult.
It would have probably been an even match with 290, but again, it was 40 too many,’ said Badani to a question about the number od runs scored in the match.