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Shane Warne: Marcus Stoinis deserves a place in the Australia squad

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Marcus Stoinis continued to break records during the BBL match against Sydney Thunder, passing D’Arcy Short’s record for the most runs scored in a single tournament.

The Melbourne Stars opener now has racked up an impressive 695 runs from 16 innings, dominating the BBL this tournament.

However, Marcus Stoinis missed out on the opportunity to play for Australia after not being selected in Australia’s squad for their ODI and T20I tour of South Africa.

Cricket legend Shane Warne was vocal about the poor decision by the Australian team selectors on Fox Cricket.

“We talk about the Mitch Marshes and the Glenn Maxwells of the world, and the power Australia have got,” Warne explained on Fox Cricket.

“Finch and Warner opening the batting. But this guy has got as much power as anyone playing the game in Australia and at the top of the order he is so dangerous. Bowlers would fear bowling to Marcus Stoinis.

“I like him at the top of the order. He is never going to replace Finch or Warner but I think in the ODIs and the T20s there is a big spot for Marcus Stoinis at No. 3 and I would have liked to see him have an experiment at No. 3 in the Australian side.”

Stoinis was named the Big Bash League’s player of the tournament on Monday, picking up 26 votes, beating the Sydney Sixers’ Tom Curran by two and the Thunder’s Alex Hales by 23 votes.

Warne suggested the Australian selectors might regret their squad decisions and called for him to be given an opportunity to take his time at the top of the order.

“Everyone knows he needs balls to get in, everyone knows he is probably one of the most powerful players in Australia, so why not give him the time when he is going to produce this sort of stuff for you?” Warne said.

“With so much going on with the T20 World Cup in October this year with only so many games (before it) they have got to get the team and stick with it. They might have missed the trick with Stoinis.

“They’re very spoilt for choice, the Aussies and Aaron Finch, there is a lot of quality players there. Finch and Warner are two of the best in the world at the top of the order, so you understand that with Stoinis.”

Melbourne Stars will face the Sydney Sixers Tomorrow at 7:15pm at the SCG. Marcus Stoinis will feature in the game, hoping to bring his team to a BBL title victory.

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