Stoi­nis gears up for more Eden Park ac­tion against Ki­wis

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - MICHAEL RAM­SEY

MAR­CUS Stoi­nis is rel­ish­ing his re­turn to the ground which launched his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as Aus­tralia’s Twenty20 side pre­pare to face New Zealand in Auck­land.

With a spot in next week’s tri-se­ries fi­nal al­ready locked up, the vis­i­tors will be out to main­tain their un­beaten run when they face the Black Caps to­mor­row night at Eden Park.

The ground holds fond mem­o­ries for Stoi­nis, who be­came the talk of the cricket world when he scored an in­cred­i­ble 146 not out dur­ing last sum­mer’s one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries.

Aus­tralia fell six runs short of their tar­get when Josh Ha­zle­wood was run out at the non-striker’s end with­out fac- ing a ball.

But it was a spe­cial knock from Stoi­nis who, in just his sec­ond ODI, be­came the first Aus­tralian to make a hun­dred and take at least three wick­ets (3-49) in the for­mat.

Even the fa­mously rau­cous Eden Park crowd showed their re­spect by giv­ing Stoi­nis a stand­ing ova­tion when he reached his ton.

“I’ve heard it’s pretty rare. Our coach ap­par­ently got hit by a fish one time off the bound­ary,” Stoi­nis said yes­ter­day.

“That was amaz­ing for me and very re­spect­ful from the crowd. I found out later how rare that it is, so a very spe­cial mo­ment for me.”

Aus­tralia trained briefly at Eden Park yes­ter­day. Stoi­nis made his lim­ited-overs de­but dur­ing Aus­tralia’s tour of En- gland in 2015 but it wasn’t un­til his Eden Park master knock that he felt he had ar­rived on the in­ter­na­tional scene.

“My ca­reer pretty much started here so I’m ex­cited to be back,” he said.

With 221 runs at 44.20, Stoi­nis was Aus­tralia’s sec­ond-high­est scorer be­hind Aaron Finch dur­ing their 4-1 ODI se­ries de­feat to Eng­land.

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