Marcus Stoinis is set to miss Sunday’s second game of the ODI against India after picking up an injury on Friday night.
He left the field two balls into the seventh and in a statement, Cricket Australia confirmed he would be monitored overnight due to left side pain.
The all-rounder is also set for scans but with just one day between matches, you would have to think Stoinis is at long odds to play on Sunday, meaning there is a spot open in the squad.
Here are the contenders including a seasoned veteran and a potential debutant.
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There is plenty of hype around Cameron Green and it is not hard to see why.
He smacked 197 recently in the Sheffield Shield and averages 49.83 runs in first-class cricket.
But the 21-year old’s work with the bat in hand has never been the issue, at least for ODI selection that is.
Rather, coach Justin Langer has consistently said that Green will only come in if he is confident to bowl a few overs.
Green only recently returned to bowling for Western Australia after recovering from a stress fracture in his back.
While there may be some hesitation, it is not shared by Steve Smith and a couple of former cricketing greats.
Smith himself said he has faced a few deliveries from Green in the net throughout the week and gave the youngster the tick of approval.
“If he’s [Stoinis] not [fit], obviously someone has to come in and probably someone who can bowl overs,” Smith said.
“Perhaps Cameron. He started the Shield season really well, he’s a bright talent.
“I faced him for a couple of balls in the nets before the game for the first time and he bowls a heavy ball. He looks an impressive talent and if he gets the opportunity hopefully he takes it with both hands.”
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“Cameron Green would be the obvious [one],” Fox Cricket’s Shane Warne said in commentary on Friday night.
“It’d be good to see him get a crack at international cricket. He looks like he is in good touch.”
Green’s capability to bowl and susceptibility to injury would be the two major barriers to a potential call-up but Warne is not worried for one reason.
“He probably only has to bowl three or four [overs],” he said.
“It’s not as if he has to bowl 10 overs. It’s 18 deliveries, maybe 24.”
Warne added that Green can also come in without too much disruption to the batting line-up, including the role played by Glenn Maxwell.
“Maxwell is at seven, he is the floater,” he said.
“Carey can bat up the order if they want to split Smith and Labuschagne in that middle spot. They can put Carey at four if they want to put him up the top.
“You still have Smith and Labuschagne either side. Then you can have Cameron Green at six and still Maxwell at seven as the floater.”
The 33-year old is an experienced, all-round option to replace Stoinis.
He was in fine form too in the Sheffield Shield with two centuries for NSW.
Bowling also could be a concern in the sense he has not had a heap of practice having only tossed 10 overs this season but like Green, he also got training in the nets during the week.
Fox Cricket’s Kerry O’Keefe thinks Henriques would be a strong option.
“I think they will talk about Mo because he is an SCG man,” he said.
“I can’t understand why Moises is in his extended squad unless they are going to play him, at his age. We’ll find out soon enough.”
Warne though sees Henriques as one of the last-resort options available.
“I would say Cameron Green one, Abbott two, Henriques three,” he said.
“I think he’s had a few cracks at it, batting at the top and all over the place, which isn’t ideal. He’s a good back-up but there is a few ahead of him I thought.”
While considered an all-rounder in Australia’s squad, Abbott is less of a batting threat than Henriques and Green.
Rather, he would be more useful for his bowling.
In saying that, Abbott has improved his batting dramatically having previously admitted to not taking it that seriously two years ago.
An impressive Sheffield Shield campaign has him in the frame for a Test call-up though and he is confident of doing a job if needed in the ODI.
“Abbott will be in the frame. His bowling is much-improved as is his batting,” O’Keefe said.
Agar is the other option who could come in as an all-rounder bowling replacement.
He could also provide another frontline spinner for Australia if needed.
His speciality could work in his favour according to Warne, who said personally he sees the race for Stoinis’ potentially vacant spot as a two-man one between Green and Agar.
“I think it will come down to if they want to strengthen their batting of their bowling,” he said.
“Marcus Stoinis got out first ball today. Cameron Green will come in if they want to strengthen their batting even though he can bowl a few overs.
“If he doesn’t and it’s a used wicket and they think it might spin a bit more, Agar will come in and everyone will bat up one spot. I think it’s out of those two.”