• Watson wants Stoinis in Test team

    Former captain Shane Watson has predicted all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will eventually be named in the Australian Test squad.

    Stoinis has gathered 21 ODIs and 17 T20Is since 2015’s debut, but hasn’t played the longest format of the international game yet.

    ‘I think he’s a very skilled all-rounder in all formats. In the end, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t have an opportunity to be able to play Test cricket for Australia at some stage,’ said Watson.

    ‘He’s a skillful guy, he’s a technically very sound four-day batsman as well, as we’ve seen in one-day and T20 cricket, he’s a power hitter as well. I’ve got no doubt at some stage, he’ll get a Test opportunity.’

    The 29-year-old has not been included in the squad for the ongoing series against India after nursing an ankle injury. His focus, in the meantime, remains on a solid Big Bash League campaign for the Melbourne Stars.

    ‘I started bowling a couple of days ago. My ankle pulled up pretty well and it was in a good spot if you were going to do one. I don’t think it’s healed, but it’s something that I can play with,’ said Stoinis.

    ‘Test selection was on my mind, but selection was on Tuesday, so my focus stays with the Stars. You want to be playing, but there’s no expectation and you’ve got no right to sort of just select yourself.’

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