Focus is white-ball cricket for Marcus Stoinis, amid calls for Test selection
Marcus Stoinis is a regular for Australia in ODIs and T20Is. © Getty

The Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis has been endorsed for a Test debut by the likes of Shane Watson and Shane Warne in recent weeks, but says his priority is maintaining his good limited-overs form with the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup less than six months away.

Watson last month tipped Stoinis to be a valuable asset for Australia in red-ball cricket, while Warner earlier called for his inclusion in the Perth Test. However the 29-year-old was realistic about where he stood in the queue for a Test call-up.

“It’s obviously great to have support, but equally you wouldn’t have to go far to find something negative as well,” Stoinis said after steering Melbourne Stars to a seven-wicket win over Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday. “It’s good to have the good and the bad, it’s just the balance. With Test cricket, Mitch Marsh is the allrounder at the moment. I mean, he was picked in the last Test team and the last Test tour.”

Uncapped at Test level, Stoinis has played in 21 ODIs and 17 ODIs for Australia since 2015. He owns a first-class batting average of 33.61 after 53 games, to go with 52 wickets at 42.36 apiece. The feedback from the national selectors, he revealed, was to stay successful in limited-overs cricket.

“Recent feedback is keep going with my white-ball stuff,” he said. “They’re pretty happy, there are things to work on obviously.”