Peter Handscomb to make World Cup debut in semi-final against England
Australia wicket keeper batsman Peter Handscomb will make his World Cup debut when Australia will take on England in the second semi-final on Thursday at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Warwickshire. The affirmation was done by head coach Justin Langer.
Handscomb is replaced in the spot of Usman Khawaja who suffered a left hamstring injury on Saturday in the group stage loss against South Africa.
The 28-year old has so far played 21 one day international matches and scored 628 runs with an average of 34.89.
Earlier he was called to replace injured Shaun Marsh.
Australia head coach Justin Langer told reporters in Birmingham on Tuesday, “I’ll tell you the truth: Peter will definitely play, 100 percent.”
“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,” he said.
Following the revelation, an excited Handscomb said it feels like a dream come true to play in the World Cup semi-final.
“To actually be able to do it (playing in a semi-final), is like living the dream,” Handscomb told.
“It’s really sad obviously for the people who’ve gone down so late in the tournament. For those guys it’s gut-wrenching, but they’re also supporting the rest of the group. That’s the atmosphere we have in the dressing room,” he said.
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