Australia, who faced their second defeat in the group stage in the ongoing ICC World Cup against South Africa on Saturday, have got the two big blows. Their two key players Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis got injured during the game and Australia called up Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh from Australia A side before the semi-finals of ICC World Cup 2019.
Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis both will undergo scans on Monday after getting injured hamstring and side strain respectively. After seeing the report, the final call will be taken. However, both the players are still part of the squad. The news confirmed by cricket.com.au that the hamstring injury will rule Khawaja out from the rest of the event.
While for Marcus Stoinis, this is his second-time injury in the tournament. Earlier he suffered a side strain during the game against India but later came back in the squad, eventually.
Both Wade and Marsh have been in formidable form for Australia A. Wade scored 355 runs in four One-Day innings which including a 45-ball hundred against Derbyshire. Marsh, on the other hand, scored 40*, 29*, 53* and 4*. They have earlier called Peter Handscomb as a cover for Shaun Marsh but he also got injured while practising in the nets from Pat Cummins’ ball.
In spite of all their injury setbacks, Australia have been in fine form in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They currently lie second on the table behind India on 14 points. The Aussies will next face the hosts, England in the semifinals. Whoever wins this matchup will face the winner between India and New Zealand in the final.
Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (C), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa