LSG's Marcus Stoinis in contention to take on South Africa in Lucknow, says Australia captain

Stoinis was sore after Australia's first match of their 2-1 series defeat by India

Australia's Marcus Stoinis | Reuters Australia's Marcus Stoinis | Reuters

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has shaken off a hamstring problem and is available for their World Cup meeting with South Africa on his familiar hunting ground of Lucknow, captain Pat Cummins said on Wednesday. The 34-year-old plays for the Lucknow-based Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and knows the conditions well.

Marcus Stoinis was sore after Australia's first match of their 2-1 series defeat to India last month and skipped two warm-up games and the loss to the hosts in the World Cup, but Cummins said he will be looked at closely for Thursday's clash.

"He's fit so yeah, we'll announce a team tomorrow but it's a ground he knows pretty well," Cummins told reporters. "I think chatting to him and a couple of other guys, it's probably in a bit of a different condition to what it is for the IPL. The wicket looks really good so yeah, he's someone we'll look at pretty closely."

The five-times champions will be wary of South Africa, who smashed 428-5 in their opening win over Sri Lanka. "When it's a good wicket - which that looks like - most of the games have been 300 plus," Cummins said. "I haven't had a look at it today, but last night it looked really good, really even. Maybe a bit of pace and bounce. We'll see how it is tomorrow."

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