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Stoinis hails Australia's 'character'


SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018

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“All the bowlers are cooked. It was a big effort, so really proud of everyone.” © Getty

After Australia registered a hard-fought seven-run victory in Adelaide to level the three-match ODI rubber against South Africa 1-1, Marcus Stoinis spoke about how the side has played with a lot of pride and character right through the difficult period that followed the ball-tampering saga in South Africa.

“I’m bloody tired. All the bowlers are cooked. It was a big effort, so really proud of everyone. At the end of the day, all the guys that are in that team fight so hard, want to be there so much, train so hard, think about cricket all day every day.

“I know obviously we haven’t got the results that maybe the media and the Australian public would want. But these guys, we all fight, we all really want to be there, we all really want to win, and so the character of the individuals speaks for itself,” he added.

In a game dominated by fast bowlers from both sides, the all-rounder played a decisive role in helping Australia to script their first victory in ODIs since beating England in January this year. He returned impressive figures of 3 for 35 from his quota of 10 overs, which included the prized scalp of David Miller.

He was also instrumental in running out Aiden Makram by firing in a good throw. With athletic strides and a slide, he saved a few runs for his team and then ushered in a rocket throw, as Alex Carey whipped the bails off before Makram could make his ground. “(It was) probably a good way to start the innings for us because we felt like we had enough on the board but we weren’t really happy with how we batted. So it was good that we got an early wicket, got a run-out, go the momentum in our favour,” Stoinis noted.

Australia will now travel to Hobart as they aim to post their first bilateral ODI series victory since overcoming Pakistan during the 2016-17 home season.

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