Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
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Australia set to axe Glenn Maxwell amid multiple semi-final changes

Australia set to axe Glenn Maxwell amid multiple semi-final changes

By contrast Australia, who have not won in any format at Edgbaston since the 2001 Ashes Test, suffered a surprise 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford in their final group game.

Meanwhile, Langer said he had no hesitation in bringing Matthew Wade into the World Cup squad in Khawaja's place.

Australia revealed on Sunday the injury is likely to preclude his involvement for the remainder of the tournament, while Stoinis' side complaint leaves him doubtful for Thursday's mouthwatering semi-final against England.

World-class Australian player Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 ahead of his team's semi finale against the hosting team England. "He's been bowling as well, played four Australia A games in pretty good form with bat and ball", he said.

"We got to work hard on being more humble in what we do and being focused on playing good cricket".

Australia coach Justin Langer led his squad on a barefoot walkabout around Edgbaston on Monday before they shared stories on the outfield in a so-called "bonding circle". "Matthew Wade has played a lot of global cricket if he comes in", Langer said. But this Australian squad has a very different look, both in personnel and mental state.

He hasn't played an ODI since last January, but scored 126 runs without being dismissed and took five wickets 29.60 in Australia A's recent matches against English counties.

"Hopefully he'll be right", Langer said. There is no doubt that Australia would have preferred a semi-final against New Zealand, leaving title rivals England and India to battle it out for a final spot, but they must now take on the hosts at one of their favourite venues.


Squad inclusion Pete Handscomb said the 30 minutes of pre-training bonding was aimed at getting "a feel for the ground, literally".

David Warner marked his first match against South Africa since a 12-month ball-tampering ban with his third hundred of the World Cup, but it was not enough to prevent Australia suffering their second loss of the 10-team group stage.

"If you go back 12 months there wasn't much to be relaxed and chilled about in Australian cricket, was there?"

"He wanted to go out, especially when we got as close as what we did".

The Victorian was in Australia A's camp in Brighton last Thursday when Shaun Marsh broke his wrist, prompting a middle-of-the-night drive to Manchester to join the squad.

But their loss was compounded by a problem to Usman Khawaja's left hamstring while Marcus Stoinis has aggravated a side injury which caused him to miss two games earlier in the tournament.

"With his experience, if he plays, then we're confident he'll do a really good job".

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