Stoinis ruled out of Pakistan game with side strain

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against Pakistan with a side strain. Though Stoinis hasn’t been ruled out of the World Cup, Cricket Australia have arranged for Mitchell Marsh to depart for the UK as cover.
Stoinis picked up the side strain during Australia’s match against India at The Oval. While bowling the fifth over, the all rounder felt some pain. He returned to bowl the 48th and 50th overs of the game.His fitness will again be assessed before the Pakistan game and a further call will be taken. ICC rules state that a player ruled out of the World Cup can’t be added back to the squad.“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.For the game against Pakistan, the Australian captain said that they would have to look at different combinations so as to to take a decision whether to go in with the extra batsman or bowler. “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 tomorrowwith the conditions.”Marsh, who last played an ODI in January 2018, was supposed to be in England for the A tour later this month but his departure from Australia was fast-tracked to allow the team the option of a back-up allrounder.