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Stoinis suffers side strain, Cup in doubt

By AAP Newswire

Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup match against Pakistan with Mitch Marsh on a flight to England as back up for the tournament.

Australia revealed on Tuesday that Stoinis suffered a side strain while bowling in their loss to India on Sunday, taking him off the field briefly.

The Australians are at this stage unsure how long he will be out for.

The allrounder can only be replaced by Marsh if he is ruled out for the entire six-week tournament.

Marsh had been due to fly to England this week regardless, as part of Australia A's tour which begins later this month.

"(We're) not exactly sure how many games he will miss," Australia's captain Aaron Finch said.

"Mitch has just come over a couple of days early if Stoin doesn't recover quick enough or doesn't respond to treatment well enough."

Stoinis got through his initial two spells against India before leaving the field. He later returned to bowl at the death.

"Speaking to guys who have done a side before, they say you can generally get through a game towards the end, but it's hard to get going once you cool down," Finch said.

Australia's more immediate problem is what they do with Stoinis' spot for Wednesday's game against Pakistan in Taunton.

Stoinis has been dismissed for scores of 0 and 19 in this year's World Cup, but provides a crucial fifth bowling option alongside fellow-allrounder Glenn Maxwell.

"That's also something we've got to juggle, whether we play the extra batter or bowler. We'll wait and see," Finch said.

"It's just about trying to weigh up if we go with an extra batter in Shaun Marsh, or an extra bowler with Alex Carey at No.6.

"It's one of those things we have to weigh up and come up with our best XI to beat Pakistan."