Well, good news on the Aussie international cricket front for a change.
The Aussies got their tour of India off to a good beginning, beating the India President’s XI by 103 runs in Chennai.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis his for 76, David Warner supplied 64 and Captain Steve Smith hit 55. Travis Head was also a big contributor, adding 65 for a total of 7 – 347.
Stoinis was carrying a big stick, although we did not know for certain at what decibel level he was speaking, as he hit five sixes in his innings from the number six spot. He was ably assisted by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade near the end scoring 45 off 24 balls.
Stoinis was playing international cricket for the first time since February against the Kiwis, chasing Indian opener Shreevats Goswami for 43 and taking 1 – 13 off four tight overs.
Aston Agar inserted himself into the mix, adding to the fine team effort with a strong left arm, taking 4 – 44 off 8.2 overs as he dominated India’s middle and lower order.
Aussie bowlers Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and James Faulkner were contributors in bowling the India XI out for 244.
Stoinis is making a case for ODI selection and a shot at Test before long.
“If you’re asking me … bloody oath but you’ll have to talk to someone who makes a decision,” Stoinis said when asked if he would like to be in the Test side.
The Aussies can seldom crow about much success against India. The Indian side has won eight of the last nine ODI matches since losing the Champions Final to Pakistan.
Aussie cricket fans can hope that the victory is a harbinger of better days ahead, but every player on the India XI is a threat and they are in form and batting well, typically scoring in the 350 range consistently.
Australia will face India in the first ODI in Chennai on September 17.