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Calls grow for Stoinis to make Test debut

Marcus Stoinis' big-hitting innings for the Melbourne Stars has fuelled calls for him to join the Australian Test team.

Calls grow for Stoinis to make Test debut

Marcus Stoinis' big-hitting innings for the Melbourne Stars has fuelled calls for him to join the Australian Test team.

MARCUS STOINIS of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League at MCG in Australia.
MARCUS STOINIS of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League at MCG in Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Marcus Stoinis is taking his glowing endorsements with a pinch of salt as the clamour grows for his Test debut.

Stoinis said Mitch Marsh clearly is the incumbent Test allrounder.


But the Australian top order has been their glaring weakness in the India series.

Two days before the fourth Test at the SCG, Stoinis again showcased his potential with 78no in the Melbourne Stars' comfortable seven-wicket BBL win over the Renegades at the MCG.

He closed out the match with his fourth six and also hit four fours in the 49-ball knock.

Commentator Shane Warne and Renegades opponent Dan Christian were among those singing Stoinis' praises on Tuesda night.

"It's obviously great to have support, but equally you wouldn't have to go far to find something negative as well," Stoins said.

"It's good to have the good and the bad, it's just the balance."

Stoinis, already a national one-day and T20 player, was asked what feedback he has received from the Australian selectors.

"Recent feedback is keep going with my white ball stuff," he said.

"They're pretty happy, there are things to work on obviously.

"Then with Test cricket, Mitch Marsh is the allrounder at the moment.

"I mean, he was picked in the last Test team and the last Test tour."

But Warne talked up Stoinis' Test prospects as a batsman and Renegades opponent Dan Christian said he saw no reason why the all-rounder could not become a Test player.

"I think once the penny drops for Marcus Stoinis he can play for Australia in all forms for a long period of time," Warne told Fox Cricket.

"I've been saying all summer he can play red-ball cricket and I don't think it's straight competition between him and Mitch Marsh.

"He can play as a batsman. He's an absolute weapon."

The win put the Stars equal with the Renegades on 2-2 records.

The Renegades host the Adelaide Strikers in Geelong on Thursday and the Stars's next match is on Saturday against the Sydney Thunder at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium.

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