Australia win Indian tour opener against Board President`s XI in Chennai

Australian Marcus Stoinis plays a shot during the warm-up match against Board President's XI in Chennai yesterday. pic/AFP
Australian Marcus Stoinis plays a shot during the warm-up match against Board President's XI in Chennai yesterday. pic/AFP

India's batting line-up poses a "big threat" and Australia need to score huge runs to counter the hosts during the five-match ODI series starting on September 17, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said yesterday.

Stoinis hammered a 60-ball 76 to guide Australia to a 103-run crushing win over Board President's XI in the lone practice match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. "We have to score a lot of runs in this series. They (India) are batting really well. I think heavy runs," he said when asked if scores over 300 would be the norm in the upcoming ODI series.

Asked who he considers a threat in the India team, Stoinis quipped: "All of them are a big threat. Every single one of them are great players, very good Players."

Stoinis, who also grabbed a wicket, said there were a lot of positives for the team. "Positives with the bat is, the batters made good runs early and in terms of spinners Ashton Agar bowled beautifully. Just understanding the conditions and the lengths one has to bowl," he said.

Stoinis said playing in the IPL and having knowledge of the conditions helped him. "Being exposed to conditions helped. Also, working with (Sridharan) Sriram has been good," he said.


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