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Australia must plunder lots of runs to tame Indians

Marcus Stoinis top-scored for Australia against an Indian Board President's XI.
Marcus Stoinis top-scored for Australia against an Indian Board President's XI. Ross Setford

MARCUS Stoinis says Australia will have to score big runs if it is to contain a rampant Indian side on home soil.

The two sides go head to head on Sunday in Chennai in the first of five one-day internationals before finishing the series with two T20 games.

India has a powerful batting line-up and whitewashed Sri Lanka in their recent ODI series 5-0.

Stoinis, who smashed 76 with five sixes in Australia's 103-run win over an India Board President's XI in Chennai yesterday, said the batting would be key to success on the sub-continent.

"They're all (India players) a threat, every single one of them. They are all very good players," he said.

"I think you're going to have to score a lot of runs in this series. India are in form and batting very well ... heavy runs, 350 for sure."

A number of Aussie batsmen also found form in the warm-up clash, with David Warner (64), Steve Smith (55) and Travis Head (65) also plundering half centuries in the total of 7-347.

Stoinis, batting down the order at No. 6, has not played an ODI since the series against New Zealand in February, joined keeper Matthew Wade (45 of 24 balls) to smash some late runs.

The all-rounder also produced a fine effort with the ball, removing opener Shreevats Goswami for 43 and taking 1-13 off four tight overs.

While he kept it tight, Ashton Agar was the man who did most of the damage. The left-arm tweaker took 4-44 off 8.2 overs as he ripped through the India XI's middle and lower order.

James Faulkner, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson also picked up wickets as Australia bowled the XI out for 244.

Stoinis isn't just keen to push for ODI selection but hinted he would like a shot at the Test side in the near future.

"If you're asking me ... bloody oath but you'll have to talk to someone who makes a decision," Stoinis said when asked if he would like to be in the Test side.

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