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


Number three batsman Khawaja retired with a hamstring injury in Saturday's defeat to South Africa and though he returned to bat later in the innings, he clearly looked in pain and may miss the rest of the tournament.

England may have won 10 out of their last 12 meetings against Australia but they know well that the piece of statistic counts for little heading into the semifinal, especially after the Eoin Morgan-led side's 64-loss to them in the league stage.

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. They've got great continuity, England, and obviously have unbelievable confidence because they have played together for four years.

Another path could see Handscomb and Wade both face the high-scoring England, particularly if Australia want to strengthen their batting. It's a fun crowd to play in front of, there is always plenty of support there for both sides. "It's going to be a great atmosphere".

Australia recovered from 119 for four to close to within two sixes of overhauling the homeward-bound Proteas' 325 for six, largely thanks to David Warner's 122 and Alex Carey's 85 from 69 balls.

Langer also confirmed that all-rounder Marcus Stoinis had passed a fitness test and was ready for Edgbaston while refusing to guarantee the mercurial Glenn Maxwell a place in the team.

"Yeah, it's going to be a blockbuster", Australia captain Aaron Finch said of the match at Edgbaston.

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"It's not the first time we have walked around the oval with our shoes off, that's the truth, we have done it 15 times".

"You get more relaxed as you start playing better as an individual or as a team". We'll keep investigating that, whether it's just unlucky.

"'It (getting picked) would mean a lot", Handscomb said.

"I feel like there's a very special thing just around the corner for us Australian cricketers and the whole Australian public, to be honest". They were 0/70 after the first 10 - we pride ourselves on trying to take wickets early, we pride ourselves on keeping wickets available in the first 10.

"To get into position to win it, he was more than happy to go out there". 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.

Peter Handscomb's early-year runs will fuel his belief if he wins the selection race to come from outside the original squad and into Australia's semi-final team. Keeping on with their strategy to entertain fans, Cricket World Cup shared a humorous photo on Instagram involving Australia cricketers.