Shane Watson tips ‘power hitter’ Marcus Stoinis for Tests
Marcus Stoinis has proven a handy option for Australia in ODIs and T20Is. ©Getty Images

The Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis has been endorsed for a Test debut by Shane Watson who believes he can be a valuable asset.

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.

A week after Shane Warne called for Stoinis to be added to Australia’s Test team, Watson termed Stoinis as one of his favourite players.

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“I think he’s a very skilled allrounder in all formats,” the two-time World Cup-winner said. “In the end, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t have an opportunity to be able to play Test cricket for Australia at some stage. He’s a skilful guy, he’s a technically very sound four-day batsman as well as we’ve seen in one-day and T20 cricket, he’s a power hitter as well. I’ve got no doubt at some stage, he’ll get a (Test) opportunity.”

Stoinis last week suffered a minor ankle injury while warming up at the MCG during a Sheffield Shield game but is ready to start the Big Bash League season.

“It will take three or four weeks to heal fully, but as long as I’m managing it properly it’s all good,” he said earlier this week. “(Test selection) was on my mind but selection was on Tuesday, so my focus stays with the Stars. You want to be playing, but there’s no expectation and you’ve got no right to sort of just select yourself. I’m looking forward to starting the BBL.”