[caption id="attachment_678304" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-678304" alt="Stoinis hit a 40-ball 60 in 1st ODI Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Marcus-Stoinis-GI.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Stoinis hit a 40-ball 60 in 1st ODI Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/marcus-stoinis" target="_blank">Marcus Stoinis</a>' hard-hitting cricket has left <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kevin-pietersen" target="_blank">Kevin Pietersen</a> impressed so much that he has said Stoinis can hit the ball harder than the likes of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chris-gayle" target="_blank">Chris Gayle</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/yuvraj-singh" target="_blank">Yuvraj Singh</a>. After a brilliant 107-run knock from Aaron Finch and a 50 by Mitchell Marsh, Stoinis batted with the Australian tail in the first ODI against England, scoring a 40-ball 60. He hit 5 fours and a couple of sixes on course. Apart from this knock, his recent performance in BBL has also been impressive. <p></p> <p></p>"He hits the ball, I tell you something now, harder than anyone I've seen. I've seen (Chris) Gayle, Yuvraj (Singh), (Mitchell) Marsh ... I've seen them all hit it, Stoinis hits the ball harder than them," Pietersen told <em>Wide World of Sports</em>. <p></p> <p></p>Not only Pietersen, but Michael Hussey and Shane Warne are also impressed by Stoinis' form. <p></p> <p></p>"He's a good batsman, he's played some excellent innings in one-day cricket for Australia and that might be a nice stepping stone for him to come up in the Test arena. He can really help out with the ball, can provide some competition for Mitch Marsh in the team and is handy to help out in both disciplines," Hussey told <em>cricket.com.au</em>. <p></p> <p></p>"He can really help out with the ball, can provide some competition for Mitch Marsh in the team and is handy to help out in both disciplines.""The way he gets his runs could be really important and I like his calmness. I'd have him in the squad for South Africa. He's a back-up batsman, he's a great utility player and his bowling is getting better. We have seen enough of him in international cricket to know he has the temperament needed at the highest level. He is one of those players who, when he makes the step up, his game will step up, too," Warne wrote in his column for <em>News Corp</em> about Stoinis.