For the next T20 World Cup 2022 in their home country, the current T20 World Champions Australia have already revealed a potent 15-member roster. Given that the tournament is taking place in their own neighbourhood, they are undoubtedly the side with the best chance of winning this edition. With only a few days left in the competition, star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ absence from the upcoming T20I series against the West Indies has dealt the Aussies a serious blow. Stoinis sustained a side strain last month, and he is still not fully recovered.
A two-match T20I series between Australia and the Windies will be played there. The first match will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland, while the last match will take place on Friday, October 7 at The Gabba in Brisbane. According to sources, “Stoinis has not travelled with Australia’s squad to the Gold Coast ahead of the first game of the two-match series against West Indies on Wednesday. He has instead remained in Perth where he will link up with the squad at the weekend.”
On September 8, Marcus Stoinis sustained a side strain while playing for Australia in an ODI series against Trans-Tasman opponent New Zealand. He was forced to miss the most recent three-match T20I series against India, which the Australians ultimately lost 1-2, due to an injury. After experiencing a small strain, the Western Australia cricketer quit the Sri Lanka tour in the middle of June. He made himself accessible to take part in the second running of The Hundred in England, however the rehabilitation process did not take very long.
It is now unknown if Stoinis will be able to recover in time for the major competition. In addition to him, the champions boast batting all-rounder Cameron Green, who put up spectacular performances in India. Even though Green isn’t on the World Cup team, he might be added if Stoinis’ injury prevents him from competing. It should be reminded that the cutoff date for altering squads due to injury without first informing the event technical committee is October 15. (for teams that have directly qualified for Super 12).