Victorian allrounder Marcus Stoinis received a phone call to tell him he’d been selected for Australia’s one-day tour of England after having his car towed away.
“I just got back from Malaysia and parked my car at the front of the hotel waiting to check my bags in,” he began. “I came out and no car there – it was towed! So I went and picked my car up – that was a good atmosphere, probably 20 people in there and everyone pretty angry.
“I left there. Went and had dinner by myself and got a call from Rod Marsh – so a bit of a rollercoaster,” he said. “I wasn’t waiting by more phone, but I think when you’re in the Aussie A set-up you know you’re probably close. But still very exciting.”
“I want to be involved as much as I can and I’ll wait and see what role I have to play, but I’ll definitely have some benchmarks I want to achieve,” he confided. ”
Stoinis clattered six sixes in an over recently for the National Performance Squad as he smashed 121 from 73 balls, but is reluctant to promise a repeat of the feat in England.
“I wouldn’t want to say I’ll do it again,” he laughed. “A big part of that was I was batting with Jimmy Patterson and he was laughing the whole time and egging me on. He was telling the bowler to bowl a different ball and then telling me something different, so he was trying to stuff it up a bit I think. But it was all pretty funny.”
Stoinis says his move from Western Australia to Victoria has moved his career forward.
“It’s been very big for me,” he said. “I had to learn a lot moving away from home. I think a big part of being professional is learning to control the environment around you. It was very hard when I first moved over, not having your family or your friends around, so itv was a big change up in terms of preparation for games and living by yourself. But it definitely fast-tracked my progress.”
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