Marcus Stoinis declares he’ll be back for Australia

The inclusion of Aaron Hardie in the Australian ODI squad to face the West Indies is “brilliant” according to axed all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who will instead to South Africa to push his T20 World Cup cause.

Stoinis, who played six games at the ODI World Cup before losing his place in the finals, said the move had been in the works for “some time” after constant talks with coach Andrew McDonald and selection chief George Bailey.

But the decision didn’t mean the 34-year-old was putting a line through his Australian ambitions, in both the ODI squad and the T20 team, with his eyes firmly on selection for the World Cup in the West Indies and USA in July.

“I had a few conversations with Andrew McDonald over the last four to six months , spoke to George as well …. we spoke yesterday,” Stoinis said on Thursday ahead of the Big Bash Melbourne derby between his Stars and the Renegades at the MCG on Saturday.

“In terms of selections and the fact that Hardie’s coming, that’s brilliant, I think it makes complete sense like after a World Cup.

“There needs to be a balance between keeping a core, bringing new guys in. The next probably tournament that they’re looking forward to is the Champions Trophy which is 18 months away.

“I’ve got no intention of retiring from international cricket or anything like that. But I think it makes complete sense.

“He (Hardie) has been playing brilliantly but he also needs to be exposed in international cricket, which I think he’s ready for.

“I’ll be going to Africa for the play for my IPL franchise Lucknow over there which Cricket Australia has been in the look with the whole time. I think it all makes sense.”

Stoinis said all his communication with McDonald and CA over his pursuit of playing franchise cricket in league around the world, while maintaining his strong desire to keep playing for Australia, had been “really clear”.

That included the selector’s plans to “bring guys through” and Stoinis, while keen to play in the T20 World Cup, knows he doesn’t “own any position” in the national white ball teams despite having been a mainstay in recent years.

“I’m fortunate that I’ve had Ron (McDonald) for a long time with Victoria and with Australia that we just pretty much talk it through. And I trust him,” Stoinis said.

“We’d done this a long time ago.”

Spin star Adam Zampa said the inclusion of fresh faces like Hardie and opener Matt Short as well as the return of Jhye Richardson to the group, giving it a different look to the one which won the World Cup in India last November, was important.

“I think we’ve seen it in ODI squads over the last few years you know, trying to add depth to squads and guys getting rests where they need it,” he said.

“Obviously, it’s been a big, big few months for guys who were part of the world cup into five Test matches. So I mean, important to build that depth and then also you see a couple young guys coming through with an eye towards the next World Cup.”

Australia will play three ODIs and three T20s against the West Indies at the conclusion of the two-match Test series.

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), Travis Head (vc), Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Matt Short, Adam Zampa

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