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Marcus Stoinis in race to recover from IPL injury for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Marcus Stoinis injured his shoulder while training with his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), following which he returned to Australia for rehab and recovery.

cricket Updated: May 09, 2017 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Australia cricket team player Marcus Stoinis (centre) was an integral part of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) gameplan in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) before his freak injury during training. (AFP)

Marcus Stoinis’ ICC Champions Trophy 2017 fate hangs in the balance after the Australian all-rounder awkwardly landed on his shoulder while training with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) recently.

Marcus Stoinis, who is resting in Perth, will fly to Brisbane later this week to assess his shoulder injury before a decision is made on his fitness for the Champions Trophy 2017, according to a report in the Herald Sun.

Only four members of the Australian Champions Trophy squad are currently present Down Under for a camp in Brisbane.

Marcus Stoinis, if fit, will fly out with his other three Aussie teammates — Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and wicketkeeper Matt Wade — next week to England where they will meet with the rest of the players coming from the IPL, or playing county cricket.

In case Stoinis is ruled out, then all-rounder James Faulkner could be considered as a replacement.

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However, Test batsman Peter Handscomb, who slammed a stellar 140 for county team Yorkshire in a limited-overs game, could also be in the running for the spot as he is already in the UK.

Steve Smith & Co will play a warm-up game on May 26.

First Published: May 09, 2017 12:19 IST