Stoinis hands Stars a timely boost

14 January 2021 20:31:10 GMTPlus11

Marcus Stoinis says he is fit enough to resume bowling duties and insists the Melbourne Stars are still in the hunt for BBL glory.

The Stars have seen their BBL campaign falter in recent weeks as they have managed to pick up just one win in the past six games.

Such a poor run has seen them slip to seventh on the ladder but the return of Stoinis to bowling duties could be just the spark they need for the run-in.

The key all-rounder has not bowled since suffering a side strain while playing for Australia at the end of November, but has now declared himself fit.

"Hopefully it's this game, I think it will be," Stoinis told reporters on Thursday. "I've been fit for probably a week or 10 days, but actually having the chance to bowl in the nets has been a bit of a tough option at the moment (because of travel requirements).

"We've had that (chance) the last couple of days and, everything going well, I'll play as a bowler next game."

Meanwhile Stoinis has not given up hope of the Stars taking the Big Bash League crown, and says there is still time for them to turn things around.

"We're still in the hunt," Stoinis said. "We've got a great run home and we know from past experience that the way you're playing at this time of the year and leading into the finals is the most important thing, as long as you're there.

"It can quickly turn from a team that's struggling to make the finals to a team that's favourites to win."

The Stars are priced at 11.00 to win the BBL.

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