Behrendorff a chance but Stoinis’ cup in jeopardy
Australia are considering injecting WA left-arm paceman Jason Behrendorff into their line-up against Pakistan today but allrounder Marcus Stoinis’ World Cup tournament could be over.
A side strain ruled Stoinis out of today’s clash and WA’s Mitch Marsh has been flown over as a back up, suggesting it is serious.
Coach Justin Langer said selectors considered bringing in Behrendorff for Sunday’s loss to India at The Oval, however they stuck with fellow West Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Coulter-Nile scored a matchturning 92 against the West Indies last week, but as the third quick has the modest return of 1-169 in three games.
He was much better in the second half of his spell on Sunday and had dangerman Hardik Pandya dropped first ball by wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
But the drop-off in the attack after opening pair Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc failed to break through was obvious.
“We thought about playing two left-armers on Sunday, actually, the match-ups against India,” Langer said.
“But we just felt with Coults, after his man-of-the-match performance and what he gives us as an all-round package, we went with him.
“But I can see playing Starc and Behrendorff together in the tournament, I can definitely see that. I know that Pakistan play two left-armers.
“So Jason was close (to playing) but Coults got the nod and I thought he did a good job.”
Australia overlooked Test regular Josh Hazlewood on his return from injury, both initially and when Jhye Richardson (shoulder) was withdrawn.
Australia travelled from London to their base at Bristol on Monday and trained at the match ground in Taunton, 75km away, yesterday. Australia haven’t played an international at the ground although Langer knows the venue well from his four seasons with Somerset.
Perth Scorchers stars Nicole Bolton, left, and Heather Graham at the WACA Ground.