Australia adds Marcus Stoinis for the Canberra Test v Sri Lanka, releases Matt Renshaw


Australia made a couple of changes ahead of the 2nd Test v Sri Lanka on Friday at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

One person who sat out over the last three days won’t need to do any duties required:

  • Carrying the drinks.
  • Sub fielding.

Plus there will be one new player waiting in the wings as well.

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IN: Marcus Stoinis

It’s great to have a fast-bowling all-rounder involved in the Australian Test Squad.

Stoinis is mainly a big hitter of the ball having scored a pile of runs for the Australian One-Day & Twenty20 squads.

Don’t forget to mention his State teams such as Western Australia and Melbourne Stars.

He knows how to build a foundation before increasing the run rate through big hitting and quickfire scores.

And his stunning form this session made Stoinis easily suitable to play both Domestic & International level in three formats.

The next question will be where Head Coach Justin Langer sees him in the starting XI.

If Stoinis bats at six, one of them will have to miss out which may have to be Kurtis Patterson.

No offense to this star debutant who scored 100s in both innings before the 1st Test, then set the world alight with a one-hand catch.

But if this Canberra pitch does suit for an all-rounder, then we may not see Patterson get another chance until next summer.

OUT: Matt Renshaw

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Renshaw’s one of the bright Openers that Australia has made since he made his Test debut two years ago.

But since his dismal first half of the 2017-18 summer as well as a recent string of injuries, it’s a shame that Cricket Australia has no place for him at this period.

Yes, Joe Burns may have returned to the national side despite his small score of 15.

However, his performances on the field convinced them to give Burns another go as the Opener.

With that said, they released him to play for the Brisbane Heat between now and the end of the season in a few weeks.

Since Marcus Harris is doing well with David Warner coming back after finishing his ban at the end of March, Renshaw will have to work very hard in Domestic Cricket to get his spot back.

Very sorry to see Renshaw go since he has unfinished business to cement a long-term spot for Australia.

Sadly, Renshaw will have to join Peter Handscomb & Nic Maddinson on one feat that they don’t like.

Two years ago, Australia once saw the promised trio as the future, but then their poor form quickly became diminished ever since.


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So there you have it, one back quick and a fast bowling all-rounder in the Australian Test side.

They would want to keep a winning side from the 1st Test over the past three days.

But depending on the Manuka Oval pitch, they may need an all-rounder over a specialist batsman.

Just only one change to suit the overall benefit of the team and its frontline quicks.

Apart from that, Australia wouldn’t need to worry too much as they prepare for the final International home match of 2018-19.

All they have to do is win this Match and take home the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy.

Once they can tick this box, then they will focus on its One-Day International efforts going into this year’s World Cup.

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