Aussie star's untimely injury on eve of T20 World Cup

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Marcus Stoinis (pictured) fielding during an Australia One Day match.
Marcus Stoinis (pictured) suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury during an IPL match. (Getty Images)

Aussie allrounder Marcus Stoinis trudged off the field in his first Indian Premier League (IPL) match back for the Delhi Capitals in a worrying sign for his World Cup T20 hopes.

Lining up against teammate David Warner, allrounder Stoinis walked off the field and played no further part in the match after what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

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Delhi teammate Steve Smith served as a substitute fielder in his absence.

The early indication is Stoinis has suffered a hamstring injury but Delhi are yet to confirm the nature or extent of the setback.

Cricket Australia (CA) medicos will keenly await an update from the IPL franchise, which is coached by Ricky Ponting.

"I have no idea about his injury but I spoke to him and he was looking really fit and happy," Delhi batter Shreyas Iyer said.

Warner didn't fair any better on the field as he was caught for a three ball duck.

Australia's T20 World Cup campaign starts against South Africa on October 23, with that tournament being held in the United Arab Emirates.

Stoinis, among the group of Australian stars to opt out of recent limited-overs tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, was expected to bat at No.5 or No.6 at the T20 World Cup.

The importance of the role was highlighted in Australia's recent T20 series losses.

"I want to be not only the best finisher in Australia, I want to be the best finisher in the world," Stoinis told ESPNcricinfo.

Australians using IPL as T20 World Cup warm-up

Lockdowns and the IPL have ensured Australia's preparation for the T20 World Cup, a tournament they have never won, has been segmented.

While many of the T20 World Cup stars were looking to use the matches to find form, the match for Stoinis and Warner didn't go to plan.

Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood will also use the IPL to warm up for the World Cup

Squad reserves Dan Christian and Nathan Ellis are also taking part in the IPL.

Captain Aaron Finch is recovering from knee surgery, but is confident he will make it for the World Cup.

Mitchell Marsh is in tremendous form back at home after scoring 111 in Western Australia's one-day win over South Australia.

with AAP

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