Australia’s legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has opined that Marcus Stoinis should bat ahead of Steve Smith in T20Is against England. He wants the Melbourne Stars batsmen to bat higher up the order since he can be more destructive at the top than batting him down the order.
Earlier we saw open the innings in the 2019 Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars when he smashed a hundred, a couple of times. Which is why Warne wants him to bat ahead of Steve Smith as the latter can literally tear the bowling apart with his destructive batting display.
Shane Warne picks Australia’s T20I XI for England Series
Australia will be taking on England in a limited-overs series starting on 4th September. Where both teams will play 3 T20s and 3 ODIs in the course of 10 days time. As soon as the series ends on 16th September, the players will then fly out to UAE to play in the IPL.
Shane Warne took to twitter to display the playing Xi he’d like to see in the first T20 vs England at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. He picked Finch and Warner as his opening batsmen followed by Stoinis at 3 which came as a surprise to many.
Then had Smith, Maxwell, Carey & Marsh following up down the order. He further went with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Riley Meredith as his pace bowlers followed by Adam Zampa as the lone spinner in the side.
“My Australian T/20 team….. Finch (c) Warner Stoinis Smith Maxwell Carey Marsh M Cummins Starc Meredith Zampa”, Shane Warne Tweeted.
My Australian T/20 team…..
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) September 3, 2020
Marcus Stoinis can prove very lethal early on in the innings. Post this series Marcus Stoinis would then go and join the Delhi Capitals franchise in the UAE. The first T20I of the three-match series is on September 4(Friday) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.