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Australia have added all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to their squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on February 1 in Canberra.
Stoinis has yet to make his Test debut, but has represented Australia in 24 ODIs and 17 Twenty20 Internationals to date.
Should Stoinis be selected for the second Test, he will go into the match in superb form as he has been dominating with the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
In eight matches, Stoinis has scored 269 runs, which includes three half-centuries, at an average of 67.25. He has also taken 10 wickets at an average of 12.
However, Stoinis has also made his presence felt in the Sheffield Shield season as he has accumulated 298 runs, which includes three half-centuries, at an average of 42.57 in four matches for Western Australia.
In addition to this, the 29-year-old has also claimed 10 wickets at an average of 25.20.
“We made the decision to add Marcus to give us the flexibility to play an all-rounder in the event the conditions require an extra bowling option in the line-up,” national selector Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Marcus has been a consistent performer this season, he has displayed strong all-round form in first-class cricket and continued that form into the Australian ODI series against India.”
Meanwhile, Australia have decided to release opener Matt Renshaw from the Test squad in order for him to represent the Brisbane Heat in the BBL.
Australia’s Squad for the Second Test: Tim Paine (capt & wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle