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? Will Stoinis Get His Baggy Green in India?

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Yes3 votes ( 75% )
No1 votes ( 25% )
The big questions being thrown around at the moment are simply:
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A) Is Steve Smith a cheat?
B) Is Virat Kohli a flog?
C) Is Marcus Stoinis the answer?
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For me the answers are:
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A) No
B) Yes
C) Maybe, but hear me out.
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So let’s talk Stoinis.
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I certainly can’t blame anyone for smacking their palm into their forehead when his name was pulled from the hat; he’s currently in terrible form.
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On the surface, he looks just like a Watson or Marsh replica. A middle of the rung allrounder that doesn’t deserve selection for either of his required disciplines. The big difference between the three is that I would have a beer with Marsh and Stoinis.
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Personally, I think he should have got picked two years ago. He had been in great nick for Victoria in a Shield winning season while batting at three and four. (That’s four or five places above Glen Maxwell)
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In comparison, Marsh will never be a first or second drop for Western Australia. He may fill in towards the top, maybe promoted for quick runs, but he quite simply isn’t a top order bats ring hole. I would never turn to Marsh in the long form and say “mate, I’m counting on you to bring us home!”
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I completely understand the differences between red and white ball cricket, so please pocket your arguments about Stoinis’s 146* against New Zealand meaning nothing till after I make my point.
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That knock was superb. The team was stuffed. Australia were in a diabolical position when he stepped up to the crease, and it got worse before it turned a corner.
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The mental application to arrive in that situation, sum it up and map out what the team needs is something you have or you don’t. Stoinis took it slow at the start, while wickets were still falling. Picked up the strike rate in the middle and built a couple of small partnerships. Before unleashing a tirade and nek minnit an 11th wicket 50 run partnership (of which Hazelwood contributed zero) to go within a brain fart of winning the bloody thing.
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Just the level head and ability to keep your number 11 away from the strike for so long is a skill that not everyone possesses.
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This season his Shield average is not much over 15… Yep, 15… I know, not a good sign. Last season it finished at 38, I know, still not banging the door down but it was the highest of the seaming allrounders in contention.  The summer before that though it was over 49.
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What this says to me is, at least he can do it. There’s evidence he can do it. He averaged almost 50, in Victoria’s top four, when they won the shield.
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What I’m absolutely filthy about is that they have selected him when he’s out of form. I’m genuinely concerned that he will get spat out as not good enough when at this very point in time, he doesn’t look good enough for shield cricket. Like plenty of others, will his test career be over before it has a chance, because of poor timing with his selection? I really hope not.
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I’m not sure he will get a run in India. I can’t see them throwing him to the wolves after the other squad members have done such extensive preparation for the conditions. I would push for Agar.
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The other thing to remember is that this all-rounder position is 100% up for grabs and they are going to keep trailing blokes till someone puts their hand up. I’m hoping they haven’t ruled out the prospect of having a spinning all-rounder in the position long term, otherwise, why would anyone choose to be one? It means you only get a chance when touring the sub-continent.
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If someone can average high 30’s or even 40’s and not get tonked with the ball, it’s theirs. Big paycheck, travel and accommodation included. I reckon Stoinis is a genuine chance. Hopefully, he gets a proper crack

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