Usman Khawaja Ruled Out Of World Cup With Hamstring Injury

Breaking: Australia bring in Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh with injury cloud over Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis

Breaking: Australia bring in Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh with injury cloud over Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis

Australia coach Justin Langer has always worn his heart on his sleeve so it is perhaps no surprise that his reaction to facing pre-tournament favorites England in the World Cup semi-finals was not fear but pure, unbridled enthusiasm.

But they have rebounded at the right point in the cycle, ready to defend their crown with an impeccable undefeated record in World Cup semi-finals.

"It was nice. You get a feel of the grass on your feet, a bit of grounding, the positive and negative energy flowing through and coming out of the earth", Handscomb told reporters. "Matthew Wade has played a lot of global cricket if he comes in", Langer said. He's in good form, he played well for Australia A, gives us that nice balance in the middle order. It's a good bunch of players and you get more relaxed as you start playing together.

Peter Handscomb will play for Australia in their semifinal against England.

Langer was also called on to explain Australia's barefoot walkabout at the ground on Monday.

"It was just walking a lap of the oval with our shoes off". It's a nice thing to do, it's a nice place to be. "Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match", he said.

Marcus Stoinis has also proven his fitness, after showing selectors he's beaten a side strain in a lengthy session.

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Handscomb, who was called up to Australia's squad as a replacement for Shaun Marsh after the left-handed batsman broke his arm in a nets session, is fully behind Langer's approach.

Langer said the teams were so evenly balanced that the "champions" would stand up and make the difference.

Peter Handscomb will be parachuted into the team, despite being a late injury replacement for Shaun Marsh. "With his experience, if he plays, then we're confident he'll do a really good job".

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

"You have to focus on it like its another game of cricket, we have to focus on our processes, stick to our game plans". And we're aware of that - it's going to be a really tough game on Thursday - but looking forward to it as well.

"Both Khawaja and Stoinis are set to undergo scans today before their future in the World Cup is determined, with both players still officially a part of Australia's 15-man Cup squad at this stage".

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