Australia wins toss, elects to bat first on sweltering Sydney day as Moises Henriqures replaces Marcus Stoinis

Rob ForsaithThe West Australian
VideoCricket: Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is likely to miss the rest of the series against India due to India. Young gun Cameron Green looms as the likely replacement.

Moises Henriques has replaced injured allrounder Marcus Stoinis in Australia’s XI for their second ODI against India at the SCG, where the hosts have opted to bat.

Stoinis suffered a side strain in Friday’s opening chapter of the three-match ODI series, which Australia won by 66 runs.

Selectors considered blooding uncapped 21-year-old allrounder Cameron Green but opted to bank on the experience of Henriques, who will play his first ODI since 2017.

India named an unchanged side in pursuit of a series-levelling win.

The temperature has already hit 40C in Sydney, making it an important toss to win for Aaron Finch as he seeks to tire out the same attack that conceded a mammoth total of 6-374 on Friday.

Moises Henriques of New South Wales celebrates after reaching his century during day three of the Sheffield Shield match.
Camera IconMoises Henriques of New South Wales celebrates after reaching his century during day three of the Sheffield Shield match. Credit: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

India XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.


India’s players have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees for Friday’s slow over-rates, with Adam Zampa suggesting the tedium was not a good look for the game.

Aaron Finch’s side secured a 66-run victory at 11.09pm AEDT on Friday night, almost an hour beyond the expected finish.

SCG staff stressed about the venue’s curfew, fans grew frustrated and players knew something was amiss as the lopsided contest dragged on and on and on.

“It felt like it went all day. That was the longest 50 overs in the field I’ve ever had,” man-of-the-match Steve Smith said.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) changed its rules last year, ensuring captains are no longer issued demerit points and put at risk of suspensions for slow over-rates.

Instead, the governing body now has the power to fine entire teams, with India’s punishment the fourth ODI match in a row they have copped such a penalty.

In a statement on Saturday, the ICC claimed India were only one over behind when allowing for stoppages.

That came despite their bowling innings finishing more than 30 minutes late.

Test great Jason Gillespie, who has previously proposed in-game run penalties for tardiness, was among those suggesting on Friday that more needs to be done.

Legend Shane Warne, commentating on Fox Sports during the match, opined that “over-rates in all forms of the game are at an all-time low ... they (the ICC) have to come down hard”.

Zampa, who snared 4-54 to help put Australia 1-0 up in the three-match series, agreed “something definitely has to be done about it”.

“From a viewer’s point of view, it’s not the best look for the game,” Zampa told reporters.

VideoCricket: Former Australian batsman Callum Ferguson have called for harsher penalties to be applied to teams that have slow over rates.

“It will definitely improve.

“Hopefully after getting those cobwebs out and getting those miles in the legs, you’ll see some more intensity in the next two games.”

Protesting pitch invaders resulted in a short delay but players were otherwise responsible for the go-slow.

“It does take a long while to get back in the swing of things, particularly in ODI cricket,” Zampa said.

“If you haven’t played for a while the intensity isn’t quite there.”

Virat Kohli’s side and the majority of Australia’s XI recently took part in the Indian Premier League and subsequently spent a fortnight in hotel quarantine after the Twenty20 tournament.

Players were given permission by NSW Health to train once a day during those two weeks but were otherwise locked in their respective hotel rooms.

The three-match ODI series continues at the SCG on Sunday.

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