Handscomb picked to replace Shaun Marsh ahead of England match
Australia head coach Justin Langer confirmed batsman Peter Handscomb will play in the team’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final match today against England. This comes after opening batsman Shaun Marsh fractured his forearm on July 5 and batsman Usman Khawaja was ruled out of the tournament because of a hamstring injury.
“I’ll tell you the truth. Peter will definitely play, 100 percent," said Langer in an interview in Birmingham on Tuesday. “He deserves it. 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's played well for Australia A and gives us that nice balance through the middle order. He's on top of his game."
Langer also stated that batsman Matthew Wade will replace Khawaja once the decision has been approved by the International Cricket Council's technical committee.
"He'll just come in as the official replacement for Usman Khawaja. Like everyone in the squad there's potential for him to play, definitely," stated Langer. "He's a real seasoned pro and he's had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket. With his experience, if he plays, then we're confident he'll do a really good job."
Australia will play against England today at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Australia currently have +215 odds to win the tournament.
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