Stoinis has not traveled with Australia to the Gold Coast ahead of the first match of the two-match series against the West Indies on Wednesday. He has instead been in Perth where he will join the team over the weekend.
Following the second T20 International against West Indies in Brisbane on Friday, Australia will travel to Perth for the first of three T20 Internationals against England on Sunday as they continue their preparations for their opening T20 World Cup clash on 22 October. They will play another practice. The game against India before the first match of their tournament against New Zealand.
He flew home early from an ODI tour of Sri Lanka in June after suffering another minor strain, but recovered in less than three weeks to play in the Hundred in England before returning to Australia for ODIs and Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
Stoinis has been a mainstay of Australia’s T20I middle order over the past three years and played two crucial innings in the World Cup win last year. But David’s form and experience in franchise cricket has meant that Australia’s selectors already had a decision to make in terms of their first-choice middle order in the World Cup. Stoinis’ injury could take some of the pressure off Steven Smith, who was moved to No. 3 for the India series. Mitchell Marsh is set to return to that position, although his ankle trouble, which he had surgery on in the past, has seriously hampered his bowling preparations for the World Cup after missing the India series.
Australia’s selectors are also looking for an excuse to include Green in their 15-man World Cup squad after his stellar performance in India. Green was added as cover for the series against West Indies, as he prepares to play Sheffield Shield cricket this week, as he is currently not in the World Cup squad. If Stoinis or any other player is ruled out of the tournament due to injury, Australia can include Green in the team.
How Greene fits into a starting XI against West Indies, it remains to be seen given his success in India’s opening batting line-up. David Warner has returned to the squad after being rested for the India series and there is little chance that Australia will take Warner or captain Aaron Finch down the order given their success and experience as the opening pair.
Green showed his middle-order and finishing skills in ODIs against New Zealand, but has limited T20 experience in those roles, although this is unlikely to confuse the selectors as he had no early experience in professional cricket before the tour of India . His bowling will also give Australia another option, their preference for seven batsmen and the fifth bowler with only four specialist bowlers in their XI, with Marsh, Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell providing those options in last year’s World Cup.
Australia still have some overall fitness concerns ahead of the World Cup, with depth players Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson unavailable for the West Indies series, as both men suffered minor side strains in India.