Usman Khawaja ruled out of remainder of CWC 2019
Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with an aggravated hamstring strain that he suffered during their last group stage match against South Africa.
The news has been confirmed by Australia’s head coach Justin Langer on Sunday. Mathew Wade is named as the replacement but Australia are in need of approval by the ICC’s technical committee.
“Ussie’s got a hamstring strain so he’ll be out for probably three to four weeks which is a real shame but we have to work hard on getting him up for the Ashes now,”
“Such a pity for him, he’s been so integral to how we’ve been playing. Like Shaun I feel sad for him that he’s going to miss the World Cup semi-final,” he said.
In the ongoing World Cup, Usman Khawaja scored 316 runs from nine matches at an average of 35.11 with the highest score of 89.
Australia are likely to promote Steve Smith at three and bring in Peter Handscomb in the middle order for the remainder of their World Cup campaign.
Australia coach Justin Langer confirms Matthew Wade will officially replace Usman Khawaja in the World Cup squad, once ICC paperwork has been lodged. Full details: https://t.co/cVFWrW7phy | @samuelfez @LouisDBCameron #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/WG4FzFinTN
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 7, 2019
Great selection- Wade must play! He is in unbelievable form and it’s the way he is batting- aggressive, intent, looking to take the bowlers on! Exactly what Australia needs to beat England in the semi final. https://t.co/HfwXe0tA6X
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) July 7, 2019