Marcus Stoinis impressed in the warm-up match vs Board XI    Getty Images
Marcus Stoinis impressed in the warm-up match vs India Board President’s XI Getty Images

Australia had an easy ride against India Board President’s XI in the warm-up 50-over match ahead of the five-ODI series versus India. Australia posted a healthy 347 for 7 in 50 overs with fifties from David Warner, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head. In reply, Board XI’s innings folded for 244 in 48.2 overs. Nonetheless, the Australians were cautious against Vidarbha’s Akshay Karnewar. The 24-year-old is an ambidextrous spinner (in other words, can bowl with either hand) and raised quite a few eyebrows in the Australian dugout during his 6-over spell. He got the wicket of Head as well.

According to Cricket Australia, Stoinis exclaimed: “I actually didn’t know what the umpire was trying to tell me. He was trying to say ‘he’s going to bowl left arm to you. So that’s brilliant by him. I’ve never seen that before. Ever.”

Stoinis was the highest run-scorer with an impressive 60-ball 76. His innings included 4 fours and 5 sixes, helping Australia post a competitive total. He should be confident of sealing a place in the playing XI in opener versus India. the first match, on September 17 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai (Chepauk).