Australia have named the ODI squad for the West Indies. They have omitted their star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who will play for Durban Super Giants after the conclusion of the ongoing Big Bash League. He was part of the ODI World Cup-winning squad, for Australia. The 34-year-old stated that "it makes complete sense" for team management to look past him after a tournament, adding that he has had many meetings with head coach Andrew McDonald about the matter in the last four to six months.
After his omission from the side, there were speculations of him taking a retirement. The cricketer also expressed his delight to see Aaron Hardie making his way to the ODI format. Stoinis mentioned that Hardie is playing brilliantly and deserves to get a chance to international cricket. The all-rounder also added that he has no intention to retire from international cricket anytime soon.
Australia will be playing an all-format series against the Windies and then they will be playing New Zealand the same before going into the T20 World Cup 2024 that is scheduled in West Indies and USA in June. The Men in Yellow would love to keep their domination in the shortest format of the game as well.
I think it makes complete sense after a World Cup: Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis said, "I had a few conversations with Andrew McDonald over the last sort of four to six months. Spoke to George as well. In terms of selections, in terms of the fact that Hardie's coming in, I think that's brilliant. I think it makes complete sense after a World Cup. There needs to be a balance between keeping a core and bringing new guys in. The next 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. I think it makes complete sense. He's (Hardie) been playing brilliantly. He also needs to be exposed in international cricket which I think he's ready for. I'll be going to South Africa for the play for my IPL franchise Lucknow over there which Cricket Australia has been in the loop with the whole time. So I think all makes sense, to be honest."