SYDNEY, November 21 (Reuters) – Aggressive Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is convinced he could become the ultimate floating batsman in limited cricket after a successful stint in the Indian Premier League.
Stoinis, who has shaped a successful career as a mid-level batsman who can close an inning, was promoted to the Delhi Capitals by coach Ricky Ponting on their trip to the final.
Ponting has now joined Justin Langer’s staff for the limited series against India which begins November 27 in Sydney and Stoinis has told the former Australian captain he is ready to continue the flexibility experience.
“Punter (Ponting) strongly believes in me and wants to give me responsibility in the teams he’s been in charge of, but I have to be adaptable,” Stoinis told reporters on Saturday.
“I’m just happy to be involved where they think I can have my biggest impact in the game.
“Whether it’s upstairs or in the middle … and I had these conversations with Ricky and I said ‘let me know and I’ll put the towels in.’
Stoinis, who scored 352 points in this year’s IPL with a strike rate of 148.52, added that Ponting had proven to be a major factor in helping him improve his stick in the UAE.
“The confidence he instills, the way he teaches you, he’s as good as you will be,” Stoinis said.
“I don’t think he’s looking for a career change, but like all of these great coaches you don’t really know you’re being coached until you look back and realize (which he did was) really important. “
Australia and India play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches in Sydney and Canberra ahead of the start of a four-test series in Adelaide on December 17.