Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

In March 2009, Daryl Mitchell, Marcus Stoinis and Justin Langer sat together as team-mates in the changerooms at the WACA celebrating a first-grade premiership for Scarborough.

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

On Sunday night in Dubai, Stoinis and Mitchell, school-mates and long-time friends will face off in a World Cup final in Dubai, with Langer watching as Australia coach.

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

Just as they did in their respective T20 World Cup semi-finals over the last 48 hours, back in 2009 both Stoinis and Mitchell were heroes for Scarborough.

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

Stoinis made 189 in the semi-final. Then in the final, Mitchell, just two months shy of his 18th birthday, produced a match-winning spell taking 4 for 26

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

Mitchell was enrolled at Hale School where he met Stoinis, two years his senior, and played in the school side alongside Stoinis and Australian Rugby Union representative Dane Haylett-Petty.

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

Stoinis and Mitchell are kindred spirits in many ways. They trained together non-stop over a period of nearly five years.

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

Whether it was at Scarborough under Heron and Langer, privately with Langer's long-time batting mentor Neil 'Noddy' Holder, or

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

on their own together in the nets and gym at Revolution Sports indoor centre in Perth, the pair were relentless in their pursuit of becoming the best cricketers they possibly could.

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Mitchell and Stoinis - Once Teammates, Now Rivals

Mitchell told ESPNcricinfo prior to the World Cup that both Holder and Langer were major influences on his career.

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