Stoinis looks at the positives despite series loss

Australia may be down 0-3 in the five-match ODI series, but all-rounder Marcus Stoinis believes that the side can take solace from the fact that the contests were close.

Marcus Stoinis trains at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.   -  PTI

Australia may be down 0-3 in the five-match ODI series, but all-rounder Marcus Stoinis believes that the side can take solace from the fact that the contests were close.

Asked about the mood in the camp, ahead of the fourth ODI against India, Stoinis chose to look at the positives. “The team has quite a few young guys, who have a lot to play for. Also, it’s not of much consolation, but we had opportunities to win each of the three games. So we can take encouragement from that,” he said here on Tuesday.

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Stoinis had a tough time with the ball in the previous fixture, going wicketless for 61 runs in his eight overs. “You do get hit for boundaries. Some of the batsmen are unbelievable – they hit you clean out of the ground. You expect that in modern-day cricket. Bowlers are okay with being hit for a boundary. You just have to be ready to take the batter out next ball,” he said.

The 28-year-old has made a mark with the bat, scoring two unbeaten knocks of 27 and 62 in the last two matches. Batting at four-drop has been a rewarding, if new experience for Stoinis. “I'm still quite new to these situations, because I'm used to batting up the order for my state. When I come in at No.6, the only plan is to win the game. I try to stay at the crease until the end, and take the game as deep as possible,” he said.