Stoinis stars in Australia's big warm-up win


Marcus Stoinis, who hasn't played global cricket since the series against New Zealand in February in which he hit an unbeaten 146, albeit in a losing cause, smashed five maximums as he and Matthew Wade powered Australia to 347/7.

For the hosts, medium pacer Kushang Patel and off-spinner Washington Sundar picked two wickets apiece while Akshay Karnewar, Avesh Khan and Kulwant Khejroliya took one wicket each.

There was disappointment on the Test front as well.

Stoinis joined the party, taking the wicket of Goswami in the 20th over.

Speaking about the same, the 27-year-old said that it has been tough for him. I don't really want to talk about the past. "We have to score a lot of runs in this series".

"Obviously I'm ready to go and I've been wanting to play but for one reason or another, selection doesn't go your way".

"In every series, there are people that are hard done by".

"It's happened from the last Test series in India to the next Test series in Bangladesh".

Australia meet a Board President's XI in a warm-up match later on Tuesday ahead of the first ODI in Chennai on Sunday.

Even though both the batsmen fell on reaching their respective half-century, the innings was carry forwarded by Travis Head (65) and Marcus Stoinis (76) as Australia crossed the 200-run mark.

It was a stunning shift in gear, but one that came as no surprise to opposing skipper and Indian Premier League teammate Gurkeerat Mann.

"They said the pace has dropped down a little bit, maybe. I think everyone will take back something from the game individually", he added.

He added: "I didn't get too much feedback to be honest. I learned from him that it is always good to defend first before going on the offensive in the sub-continent".

Stoinis isn't just keen to push for ODI selection but hinted he would like a shot at the Test side in the near future.

Although he did allow himself a brief moment of speculation that after another year on the fringes, his global career is about to re-launch.

"I suppose for me [my strength] is the variation and the death [overs] as well with both the bat and ball".

Stoinis top scored with 76 while Head and Smith chipped in with 65 and 55 respectively.

The reigning 50-over World Champions have struggled to counter spin and captain Steve Smith has admitted it will a big challenge for them to adapt to spin-friendly conditions.