Khawaja, Stoinis injury woes Australia before CWC 2019 semi-final
On towards their hexa World Cup mission, defending champion Australia are dealing with major fitness dilemma ahead of their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final fixture against England as both Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis have suffered injuries.
During their last group stage match against South Africa, Usman Khawaja retired hurt pulling his hamstring. He was batting in 18.
Captain Aaron Finch, later in the post-match presentation described Khawaja’s condition as not so hopeful for the knock out stage.
“It doesn’t look ideal for Usman Khawaja at the moment,”
he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.
“He’s going to have a scan in the morning and we’ll make a call based on what the results are there,” he said.
On the other end of the scenario, Marcus Stoinis who suffered a left side strain earlier in the tournament has again stretched his right side on Saturday. The all-rounder is set to go through an X-ray of both sides on Sunday.
“Marcus is a bit sore in his side. We’ll have to wait for scans tomorrow to know the finer details of it. Obviously, it is tough to talk about replacements when you haven’t got the full story and the full scan, so we’ll get that tomorrow,” Finch added.
Peter Handscomb might replace the position should Khawaja and/or Stoinis not be rendered fit to appear in the semi-final clash against the hosts.
Australian media reported Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade, who are travelling England with the Australia A squad, could also be considered.
With the group stage battle came to an end, the semi-final line up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has also been shaped.