Marcus Stoinis in bowling setback as Shane Warne calls for his inclusion for Perth Test
On one leg: Marcus Stoinis batted through pain to score 85 at the MCG. @Getty

The Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis is hopeful to resume bowling after suffering an ankle injury in a recent Sheffield Shield game, even as Shane Warne has called for his place in the second Test against India this week in Perth.

Stoinis, 29, suffered ligament damage to his ankle while warming up at the MCG and did not bowl during Victoria’s second innings. He batted, scoring 85 to help his state team to a draw.

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“It was very painful (on Saturday) … I had a scan and there is a tear in there, but I’m feeling a lot better,” said Stoinis on Tuesday. “I can only only go on how I’m feeling and it’s improved quickly. I think bowling will be tougher (than batting) but it’s on my right side so at least it’s not my front foot. I’m still confident I’ll be alright to bowl.”

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.

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On Tuesday, Warne tweeted: “I would be very disappointed if Marcus Stoinis doesn’t play the next Test in Perth. Aust [sic] need the extra bowler and all round skills of Stoinis plus the energy & swagger he brings to the table – this would run of [sic] on the team!”

Australia lost the first Test against India at Adelaide Oval on Monday by 31 runs. The second Test starts Friday at Perth’s Optus Stadium.