Injuries to Khawaja, Stoinis force Australia to call-up Wade, Marsh as cover

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

Meanwhile, Langer said he had no hesitation in bringing Matthew Wade into the World Cup squad in Khawaja's place. "Like Shaun, I feel sad for him that he's going to miss the World Cup semi-final", Langer said.

Australia, who were sitting comfortably on the top of the points table, slipped in their last group game and will face England in the semifinal and with key players suffering injury the reigning champion will be feeling the pressure. "We know England will play the leggie (Adil Rashid) in the middle overs, maybe Moeen (Ali)", Langer said.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb will make his World Cup debut when Australia take on England in the second semi-final on Thursday at Edgbaston, head coach Justin Langer has confirmed.

Australia has maintained that the side is open to shuffling the batting order according to the situation and Langer reiterated that they are a very adaptable team.

"When it gets to the game, they (England) won't be anxious about (winning to get the final on) free-to-air TV or what Michael Vaughan or anyone else says", Langer said.

"He's played a lot of global cricket before, he's a real seasoned pro, he's had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket", Langer said of Wade. I think we are probably a different team that played four games ago and three games ago.

Damaging losses to Sri Lanka and Australia left England fearing the worst for their last-four hopes, but an impressive response with wins over India and New Zealand booked their ticket to the knockout stages.

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Khawaja sustained a hamstring injury in Australia's defeat to South Africa in Manchester on Saturday and his chances of playing against England at Edgbaston on Thursday appear slim. It's hard to look past Australia and the success that they've had in winning World Cups.

According to the reports, Khawaja's hamstring injury is likely to rule the left-hander out for the rest of Australia's campaign.

"He's a real seasoned pro and he's had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket. We could've done it with our shoes on and nobody would've said anything".

"If you go back 12 months there wasn't much to be relaxed and chilled about in Australian cricket, was there?"

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South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis has tipped Australia and India - who will take on New Zealand in the other semi-final - to reach the showcase at Lord's on July 14.

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