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Australia v South Africa: Home fans fall in love with Marcus Stoinis' - the game-changer

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Australia have secured their first win of the summer and home fans are rallying behind all-rounder Marcus Stoinis - the man they are trumpeting as their saviour.

The West Australian was in the thick of the action during the second ODI against South Africa, creating highlights with his bowling, fielding and even with the bat in hand - even if t was for the wrong reason.

While names like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins headline Australia's bowling line-up, Stoinis' name was the one up in lights as he produced a team-high three wickets with a 3.50 economy, including the game-changing scalp of Proteas batsman David Miller (51).

Originally given not-out, a confident Stoinis urged skipper Aaron Finch - who had reason to be hesitant after Travis Head wasted one early during their batting innings - to send it upstairs.

But after a spoiler-alert triggered by a technological blunder, Australia edged closer to an emotional victory and Stoinis' face captured it all.

The 29-year-old Test hopeful was also the mastermind of a remarkable run-out, perfectly launching a missile from the out-field before Alex Carey's slick glove-work did the rest.

The two runs to his name are far from encouraging, but when you look at Stoinis' dismissal there is reason to feel sympathetic.

When desperate times are producing cricket of this quality, all fans want is more.

Here's a few messages for selectors.

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