World Cup 2019: Matthew Wade replaces injured Usman Khawaja in Australia squad ahead of semifinal against England

Australia have drafted in wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade as replacement for injured Usman Khawaja ahead of Thursday’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against England.
Australia's Matthew Wade during nets.(Reuters)
Australia's Matthew Wade during nets.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 06:08 PM IST
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LONDON | ByREUTERS

Australia have drafted in wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade as replacement for injured Usman Khawaja ahead of Thursday’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday. Top-order batsman Khawaja retired with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s defeat by South Africa and though he returned to bat later in the innings, he clearly looked in pain and was ruled out of the tournament.

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“The ICC received the relevant paperwork this morning (July 10) from Cricket Australia to apply to replace Khawaja who has sustained a hamstring injury which has ruled him out of further participation in the event,” the ICC said in a statement.

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Australia coach Justin Langer said Peter Handscomb, who replaced the injured Shaun Marsh in the squad last week, could make his World Cup debut at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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