Australia vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Marcus Stoinis ruled out of Pakistan game

The all-rounder suffered a side strain when Australia took on India on Sunday.
Australia vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Marcus Stoinis ruled out of Pakistan gameAustralia vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Marcus Stoinis ruled out of Pakistan game
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Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of Wednesday's game with Pakistan due to a side strain. Though he has not been ruled out of the World Cup, Cricket Australia has arranged for Mitchell Marsh as his replacement. 

Stoinis picked up the injury during Australia's last game with India at The Oval when bowling the fifth over. However, he returned to bowl the 48th and 50th overs of the match. 

"He was in some discomfort," Aaron Finch, the Australian skipper, said. "And it wasn't ideal, but he still managed to bowl a couple of overs. And speaking to guys who have done a side before, they say you can generally get through a game towards the end, but it's tough to get going after you've cooled down," he added.

His injury means that Australia will be in a dilemma over who to include in the 11 for the game with Pakistan. "We're going to have to juggle around especially that allrounder spot. We've got to find a few more overs now, whether we play the extra batter or extra bowler, we'll wait and see, and especially tomorrow with the conditions", Finch added. 

Marsh, who last played an ODI in January 2018, has been called as a back-up if Stoinis is ruled out of the edition. 

"Not exactly sure on how many games Stoinis miss. That's why Mitch is flying over. It's still being assessed. And over the next couple of days we'll have a clearer picture of what that looks like. Mitch was meant to fly over with the Australia A side on Friday. He's just coming a couple of days early as a bit of precaution, if Stoinis doesn't recover quick enough or doesn't respond to treatment well enough over the next few days."

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