Behren­dorff a chance but Stoi­nis’ cup in jeop­ardy

The West Australian - - SPORT - SCOTT BAI­LEY

TAUN­TON

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.

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

Perth Scorchers stars Ni­cole Bolton, left, and Heather Gra­ham at the WACA Ground.

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