Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will have to manage a torn ankle ligament carefully for up to a month but doesn’t expect the injury will have a major impact on his Big Bash League role.
Stoinis rolled his right ankle playing volleyball during the warm-up on day two of WA’s Sheffield Shield draw with Victoria 12 days ago, sustaining a grade two ligament tear.
The damage left him unable to bowl, but he batted aggressively in both innings and smacked 85 from 130 balls — including four fours and six sixes — in the Warriors’ second dig.
The 29-year-old said he would be fit to feature in the Stars’ BBL opener against Sydney Thunder in Canberra tomorrow night.
“I started bowling a couple of days ago,” Stoinis said.
“It’s pulled up pretty well and it was in a good spot if you were going to do one.
“I don’t think it’s healed, but it’s something that I can play with.
“It will take three or four weeks to heal fully, but as long as I’m managing it properly it’s all good.”
The injury stymied a push led by Australian great Shane Warne for Stoinis to be selected in the team for the second Test against India in Perth.
“It was on my mind but selection was on Tuesday so my focus stays with the Stars,” Stoinis said.
“You want to be playing, but there’s no expectation and you’ve got no right to sort of just select yourself.
“I’m looking forward to starting the BBL.
“It will be good to just get on the road and start playing cricket.
“We’ve got a few away games early, but it also means that we’ll load up with some home games towards the end.
“It’s a good advantage if we start well, play well away from home and then make the MCG a fortress for ourselves and then we’ll play some finals.”