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World Cup 2019: Australia all-rounder nearing full-fitness, may play against Bangladesh

By Parul Raina

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is nearing full-fitness and can make an appearance against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Coach Langer on Stoinis’ return

“Not definitely, he’s a chance,” said Langer, when he was asked about the chance of Stoinis’ approaching return. “It looked like he moved really well batting.

“We’ve been monitoring him. He’s an elite athlete, he’s an elite professional. He’s done everything possible to get himself fit. He wouldn’t give up the opportunity for anything, would he? He’s determined so it doesn’t surprise me with where he’s at now. It’s a credit to him, it’s a credit to the medical staff that are getting him up. So hopefully he can have a real impact on the tournament.” he added further.

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Stoinis back in training

After skipping Australia’s past two games because of the side strain injury, Stoinis bowled for almost an hour without taking any long breaks on Tuesday, First, he practised on an empty training wicket in close talk with the team medical staff and bowling coach Adam Griffith, before he practised in the main nets session.

He didn’t show any signs of pain visible while batting and fielding as well. Coach Langer said Stoinis had been determined to prove his fitness since he injured himself against India 10 days ago.

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Mitchell Marsh as cover for Stoinis.

Stoinis skipped his match against Pakistan and Sri Lanka because of a side strain that he had got in their loss against India, pushing Mitchell Marsh to take wing as cover for Stoinis.

Parul Raina