David Warner out for golden duck in T20 World Cup warm-up
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis says he’ll be ready to play and bowl in Wednesday’s second T20 World Cup warm-up match against India after a host of players were rested in a thrilling opening victory against New Zealand.
Stoinis, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Indian Premier League, only batted with Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood watching from the sidelines as uncapped wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis hit two boundaries from the only two balls he faced to secure victory with one delivery left in Abu Dhabi.
But the worrying form slump of opener David Warner remains a big concern ahead of the tournament after the left-hander was dismissed for a first-ball duck, his second in three innings after being dropped by his IPL team.
In three innings since April, two in the IPL and now the warm-up game, Warner has faced just seven balls and made just two runs.
He was sensationally caught in the slips by a diving Martin Guptill off Tim Southee from the first ball of the run chase with the Aussies set 159 to win.
It came after Adam Zampa (2-17 from four overs) and Kane Richardson (3-24 from four) impressed with the ball.
Called in early, all-rounder Mitch Marsh (24 from 15 balls) gave Australia‘s innings some momentum before skipper Aaron Finch, who struggled for timing in his first game since knee surgery, was bowled for 24 off 19.
Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis then added 47 in 40 balls as the required rate increased before they and Matthew Wade (0 off 2) were all dismissed in the space of six balls for a solitary run.
But a middle-order collapse with the bat meant the Australians needed late cameos from Ashton Agar (23 off 18 balls), Mitch Starc (13no off 9) and Inglis (8no off 2) to secure the win.
Stoinis, who played just the first and last game for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL after injuring himself while bowling, said he’d be at full strength against India on Wednesday.
“Hammy is good. I didn’t bowl tonight but it’s tracking pretty well,” Stoinis said.
“I feel like it’s on the right track and it’s ready to go. I guess I’ll probably bowl in that next game.”
He said the win was a “good start” for the Aussies, who lost eight of 10 T20s in the West Indies and Bangladesh before the tournament without the bulk of the World Cup squad.
“That was nice, first to get a win but to try a few new things, give a few people a crack,” he said.
“The plan is to enjoy ourselves as much as we can, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“If we go out there and express ourselves there’s no reason we can’t go out and win the whole thing.”
Originally published as David Warner out for golden duck in T20 World Cup warm-up
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