Marcus Stoinis stakes claim with sizzling knock against Board President's XI

Australia

Australia

He scored 230 runs at an average of 115 and was the joint highest wicket-taker for his side, picking up seven wickets in five innings during the seven-match series in 2013. Young left-arm spinner Ashton Agar was impressive for the visitors as he picked up four wickets to help Australia bowl out the hosts for 244 runs in the 49th over.

Australia are coming off what was a challenging Test series against Bangladesh which they somehow managed to level.

Australia 347-7 in 50 overs (David Warner 64, Steve Smith 55, Travis Head 65; Marcus Stoinis 76; Washington Sundar 2-23). Hilton Cartwright (0) was dismissed for a second ball duck by Avesh Khan (1-40) but David Warner (64) and Steven Smith (55) shared a 106 run stand for the second wicket that came off just 86 deliveries to set the tone for the innings.

Despite being part of five worldwide tours over the past 18 months, Marcus Stoinis is still yet to shake the "next in line" tag he earned by being one of the best and most consistent performers on the Australian domestic scene. Having an Indian coach.

"I have been battling, to be honest, for probably the last 18 months, so it's been nice to be home in Tassie (Tasmania) with my teammates there and hit the gym hard", he said. He is more into bowling and I'm into batting. I had four months away from the game. "Need to (tighten) your defence before you can go on to attack". With 340 on the board, it is hard from ball one.

The Board President's XI team consists of upcoming youngsters like Nitish Rana, Washington Sundar but surprisingly, there is no place for Yuvraj Singh. In reply, BPXI started off in a disappointing manner after thye lost Rahul Tripathi early in the chase but Shreevats Goswami and Mayank Agarwal stitched a partnership of 79 runs before Agarwal was sent back by Adam Zampa for 42.

Being dropped from Australia's Champions Trophy squad then missing out on a national contract days later may have felt a bit like losing a match after being smashed for consecutive sixes on the final two balls for seasoned "death bowler" James Faulkner. Agar dented the middle and lower order with 4 for 44. "It is also about understanding conditions and what lengths you want".

"He took his time and after that, everybody knows his flow is very fluent and I think he batted amazingly well".

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