ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia's Peter Handscomb in, Marcus Stoinis fit for England semi-final

Peter Handscomb will be thrust into the cauldron of World Cup semi-final against England as replacement for Usman Khawaja. It was also confirmed that Marcus Stoinis had passed a fitness test.

Reuters, Jul 10, 2019 16:52:25 IST

Australia’s new squad member Peter Handscomb will be thrust into the cauldron of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against England as replacement for Usman Khawaja, coach Justin Langer has said.

Langer also confirmed that all-rounder Marcus Stoinis had passed a fitness test and was ready for Edgbaston while refusing to guarantee the mercurial Glenn Maxwell a place in the team.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australias Peter Handscomb in, Marcus Stoinis fit for England semi-final

Peter Handscomb came in as a replacement for injured Usman Khawaja. AFP

With Matthew Wade in reserve after showing good form for Australia A, Maxwell could be dislodged by the former first-choice wicketkeeper.

“He’s played a lot of international cricket before, he’s a real seasoned pro, he’s had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket,” Langer said of Wade.

“He’s had unbelievable few (games) for Australia A. He’s confident, he’s a had a little baby so he’s pretty happy with life at the moment.

“With his experience, if he plays, then we’re confident he’ll do a really good job.”

Handscomb missed out on a place in the original squad, having to make way as Steve Smith and David Warner were reinstated after their ball-tampering bans expired.

“He deserves it, he was really stiff not to be on this tour,” Langer said. “He was so unlucky not to be in the initial squad after what he’d done to help us get to that point.

“He’s in good form, he played well for Australia A, he gives us nice balance through that middle order, he’s got great temperament, he plays the spin well and he’s on top of his game. So he’ll definitely play.”

Stoinis, who has battled two side strains, bowled and batted in the nets during training on Tuesday to be given the all-clear but Langer stopped short of saying whether he and fellow all-rounder Maxwell would make the 11 on Thursday.

Maxwell has struggled with the short ball at the tournament and was peppered with bouncers during a net session earlier in the week, getting hit on the forearm by a rising Mitchell Starc delivery that left him screaming in pain.

Australian media reported on Tuesday that Langer took the Melbourne man aside for a long chat during training.

The champions, bidding for a sixth World Cup title, suffered a surprise 10-run loss to South Africa in their last round robin game, a defeat that left them facing a resurgent England rather than out-of-form New Zealand in Manchester.

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Updated Date: Jul 10, 2019 16:52:25 IST






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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254