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Stoinis sees value in Big Bash innovations

Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has thrown his support behind the radical rule changes for the upcoming Big Bash League tournament.On Monday, Cricket Australia unveiled three new innovations to bolster interest in the T20 competition.The Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost will revolutionise the game’s shortest-format, but the announcement also drew plenty of criticism from…

Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has thrown his support behind the radical rule changes for the upcoming Big Bash League tournament.

On Monday, Cricket Australia unveiled three new innovations to bolster interest in the T20 competition.

The Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost will revolutionise the game’s shortest-format, but the announcement also drew plenty of criticism from pundits.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke called the rule changes “garbage”, while cricket great Shane Watson labelled the innovations “gimmicks” and “misguided attempts”.

But Stoinis believes the updated playing conditions will create a more exciting game for fans, and the Australian batsman looks forward to seeing what strategies the clubs implement.

“I don’t like going against (Watson) because he’s mentored me for a long time,” Stoinis said on Saturday.

“But I understand the purpose of (the changes), and we can’t afford to get too attached to anything when it comes to Twenty20 cricket and progression of our sport.

“We’ve got to adapt, look to create a more exciting game for viewers, and this could add to it.

“There’s going to be a lot more tactics. Captains, coaches will be busier and you’ll probably see a few floaters in the batting order and people specifically going out there for those sorts of things.”

Stoinis was the highest run-scorer during last year’s BBL tournament, plundering 705 runs in 17 innings at 54.23.

Coming off a successful stint in the Indian Premier League, Stoinis praised Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting for his ongoing mentorship. The Capitals were outclassed by defending champions the Mumbai Indians in the competition’s grand final.

“I’m a massive fan of his. He’s mentored me, he’s a good man, means a lot to me and his help was vital,” Stoinis said.

“He’s so generous with his time; throwing balls from the start of session until the end, then probably has a few anti-inflammatories and goes to bed for the rest of the day.

“The confidence he instils, the way he teaches you, he’s as good as you’ll get.”

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