Usman Khawaja is in doubt for the remainder of the World Cup and faces a race against time to be fit for the Ashes. (Image credit: Getty Images)
Australia’s injury woes have mounted in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during their final league game against South Africa in Old Trafford. Marcus Stoinis, who had missed some matches in the tournament due to injury, suffered a recurrence of an injury. Australia also suffered a jolt when Usman Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury while trying to take a single in Australia’s chase of 326. Although the left-hander returned, Khawaja was in considerable discomfort and the five-time world champions ended up losing to the Proteas by 10 runs. Looking at the injury situation, Australia has called up Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh in the squad.
"Australia A arrived at Arundel for today's (Sunday's) four-day clash with Sussex short two players after wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were called up as a cover to Australia's World Cup squad. The injury setbacks to Usman Khawaja (hamstring) and Marcus Stoinis (side) suffered in Australia's dramatic loss to South Africa in Manchester has seen the selectors draft in Wade and Marsh. They left Brighton this morning for Birmingham, the destination of Australia's blockbuster semi-final show with tournament hosts England on Thursday. Both Khawaja and Stoinis are set to undergo scans today before their future in the World Cup is determined, with both players still officially a part of Australia's 15-man Cup squad at this stage. However, it appears Khawaja's hamstring injury looks likely to rule the left-hander out for the rest of Australia's campaign,” a Cricket Australia statement read.
Marsh links up with the group for a second time as cover for Stoinis, who missed Australia's wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka before returning against Bangladesh. Both Khawaja and Stoinis will undergo scans on their injuries but, in the meantime, Wade and Marsh will leave Australia A group currently in Sussex, southern England. Australia captain Aaron Finch admitted Khawaja was unlikely to recover in time for the rest of the tournament when he spoke after the South Africa defeat -- a result that cost his side first place in the 10-team group stage.
Australia will take on England in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on July 11. In the league stages, Australia had beaten England by 64 runs in Lord’s thanks to a century from Aaron Finch and a brilliant five-wicket haul from Jason Behrendroff. After the World Cup, Australia will play five Tests against England as part of the Ashes contests which will be part of the new ICC Test championship.