England v Australia T20
Stoinis to make international debut
Victoria allrounder named alongside Cameron Boyce in Australia's XI for T20 against England
Sam Ferris Cardiff
30 August 2015, 10:35 PM AEST
Victorian allrounder Marcus Stoinis will make his international debut in Tuesday morning’s one-off T20 against England in Cardiff.
Stoinis was named in Australia’s XI by stand-in skipper Steve Smith today and is the second debutant in as many matches for the tourists after Joe Burns won his maiden one-day international cap against Ireland on Thursday.
Hailing from Perth, Stoinis made his first-class and one-day debut for Western Australia in 2009, and played three games for KFC Big Bash League club Perth Scorchers in BBL|02.
Glenn Maxwell meets Marcus Stoinis
Inconsistent performances in the west saw the 26-year-old lose his state contract, prompting a move east to Melbourne in 2011 and second chance with the Victorian Bushrangers.
Since then the broad-shouldered Stoinis has played in all formats for his adopted state, scoring an impressive 170 against Tasmania in March 2014, and is a key member of the Melbourne Stars this summer.
A breakthrough Sheffield Shield season last summer yielded 785 runs at 49 and earned Stoinis selection on the four-day Australia A tour of India last month, where he made 77 and claimed 2-18 in the opening match in Chennai.
Stoinis with fellow allrounder Shane Watson // cricket.com.au
A hard-hitting batsman and clever fast-medium right-armer, Stoinis was a member of Australia’s Under-19 squad alongside current Australian players Smith, James Faulkner, James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood.
"I played in the Under-19 World Cup with Stoinis in Malaysia ... and he's certainly come a long way," Smith said.
"He’s improved every year, he’s thrown up good performances first of all for WA then moving over to Victoria it was a big move for him. He’s put the numbers on the board and thoroughly deserves an opportunity here tomorrow."
Stoinis will line-up alongside T20 specialist spinner Cameron Boyce and nine players from the ODI in Belfast.
The match will get underway at midnight AEST on Tuesday.
Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Cameron Boyce