Australia's Langer reveals Handscomb will face England in World Cup semis

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

In a thrilling match under lights in Manchester that ended the five-week group stage, Australia fell to a last-over, 10-run loss to South Africa and slipped off the top of the World Cup standings.

Matthew Wade was called up as cover for Khawaja and will need the approval of ICC's Technical Committee for the wicketkeeper-batsman to replace Khawaja in the World Cup squad.

As injured batsman Usman Khawaja walked gingerly to the crease in a courageous bid to complete Australia's unlikely run chase against South Africa, it became clear the defending champions were going to great lengths to avoid a Cricket World Cup semifinal against archrival England.

'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.

"He's in good form, he's played well for Australia A and gives us that nice balance through the middle order". We'll keep investigating that, whether it's just unlucky.

Handscomb was called up to Australia's squad as a replacement for Shaun Marsh after the left-handed batsman broke his arm in a training session, though is likely to have to step in for Usman Khawaja - who has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a hamstring strain.

Fortunately, the Australia A-side is also on tour in England with Matt Wade, a veteran of 94 worldwide one-dayers, in fine form with the bat and ready to fill the breach.


"Mitch Marsh is our only other medium-pace bowling allrounder and that is like-for-like for replacement", Langer said.

Langer credited sacked high performance boss Pat Howard for setting up the Australia A tour of England, ensuring players were battle-hardened and in close proximity if required.

But despite the coach's new-age talk, Australia's Nathan Lyon tried to put pressure on England in typically acerbic style. He has done a couple of hammies before and it feels a bit similar to that. However, his performance in the series against Pakistan and India was very impressive and he played 13 consecutive ODIs for the team before the World Cup, while Steve Smith later came in his place.

"He's a real seasoned pro and he's had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket".

"We are a different sort of animal compared to our last teams".

However, Australia will now head to Birmingham on Thursday and will face a confident England side who have beaten India and the Black Caps in their last two games. It didn't just affect our cricket, it affected our country. We went through a major crisis in our cricket.

"You get more relaxed as you start playing better as an individual or as a team".

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