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Shane Warne baffled by slow over rates in Australian ODI victory over India

Australia have beaten India and the clock after a monotonous conclusion to the first one-day international at the SCG on Friday.

But the victory has been soured by an injury that threatens to knock power-hitter Marcus Stoinis out of the three-match series.

In a contest that came to a close roughly an hour after its expected finish, India fell 66 runs short of Australia’s 6-374 set earlier in the day.

Adam Zampa led the hosts’ defence with four wickets after Josh Hazlewood did the early damage against India’s top order, taking three wickets.

India’s slow-moving chase, which risked pushing the game up against the SCG’s curfew, came after they took more than four overs to bowl their 50 overs.

The glacial pace of the match baffled Australian cricket great Shane Warne, who called on cricket officials to speed up the game.

“Over rates in all formats are at an all-time low, I reckon,” he said on Fox Sports during the 42nd over.

Adam Zampa led the way for Australia, taking four wickets against India. Credit: Getty

“It’s something they really have to come down hard on. A one-day game should be finished 10 past 10 and it’s now 20 to 11 local time.

“They’re now half an hour over and there’s still eight overs to go.

“India took four hours and six minutes to bowl their 50 overs. I think you’re allowed three and a half hours. Four hours and six minutes!”

Australia were only marginally quicker in defending their total, taking a shade under four hours to complete the victory.

“Over rates in international cricket need to be improved, no question,” Australian great Jason Gillespie said during the match.

Meanwhile, young gun Cameron Green could debut in the second match of the series on Sunday after Stoinis hurt his side while bowling on Friday night.

Stoinis appeared to be in serious discomfort after delivering the second ball of his seventh over.

The 31-year-old trudged off the field for treatment and will soon have scans of his side.

Team management described Stoinis’ withdrawal from the action as precautionary but the short turnaround before the second ODI means he could be an enforced omission.

Green and veteran allrounder Moises Henriques would be the leading candidates to replace Stoinis in the XI, although selectors may opt to bolster their attack by calling up bowling allrounder Sean Abbott.

Marcus Stoinis (right) leaves the ground with an injury, threatening his availability for the rest of the series.
Marcus Stoinis (right) leaves the ground with an injury, threatening his availability for the rest of the series. Credit: Getty

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