Marcus Stoinis, who had injured his right shoulder during a warm-up session with his Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab on May 5, has been declared fit to be a part of the Australian squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
“He bowled today and medical staff were happy with his progress,” said a Cricket Australia spokesperson on Wednesday (May 17).
He will travel with the rest of the Australian players to England in time for their first warm-up match, against Sri Lanka at The Oval on May 26, which will be followed by a second warm-up fixture, against Pakistan at Edgbaston on May 29. Australia’s first match in the Champions Trophy is against New Zealand on June 3, also at Edgbaston, before group-stage games against Bangladesh (June 5, The Oval) and England (June 10, Edgbaston).
Stoinis fell on his shoulder while attempting to stop a ball during a fielding drill before Punjab’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chnnswamy Stadium, and was later seen with his right arm in a sling during the match. He underwent a scan in India before flying back to Australia where he was a part of a rehabilitation programme.
While at the IPL 2017, Stoinis played only five games for 17 runs and two wickets.
Stoinis has so far played three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International since making his Australia debut in 2015.
Earlier this year in an ODI against New Zealand in Auckland, he took 3 for 49 to restrict the opposition to 286 for 9, and then smashed an unbeaten 146 from 117 balls from No. 7 after Australia were 67 for 6 to take them to within six runs of victory before they fell short.