Clarke backs Wade as Khawaja, Stoinis damage

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Aaron Finch fears Usman Khawaja’s hamstring harm will rule him out of the World Cup, with Marcus Stoinis additionally headed for scans on his facet.

Michael Clarke says Australia’s selectors should convey Matthew Wade into the World Cup squad if scans verify fears Usman Khawaja’s event is over.

Khawaja’s injured left hamstring will likely be assessed on Sunday morning in England, as Australia rely the price of Saturday’s 10-run loss to South Africa.

Marcus Stoinis’ event can be within the stability, with scans booked in on one other facet pressure.

This time it seems to be on his proper after lacking two video games by a left facet pressure earlier within the event.

However most concern is for Khawaja forward of Thursday’s semi-final in opposition to England.

He was pressured to retire damage 5 balls into his innings on Saturday earlier than returning late within the failed chase.

“It doesn’t look perfect for Usman Khawaja in the meanwhile,” captain Aaron Finch stated.

“He’s executed a few hammies earlier than and he stated it feels much like that.

“In the event that they should be changed, which I consider Usman will, there are many blokes to return in.

“We’ll map out each state of affairs however arising over the following few days, we’ll know extra about who is on the market.”

Peter Handscomb has already been introduced into the squad from the Australia A tour to interchange the injured Shaun Marsh.

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He will likely be front-runner to return into the XI in opposition to England, presumably at No.four with Steve Smith transferring as much as No.three.

Travis Head and Mitch Marsh are the probably different contenders to hitch the 15-man squad, with the latter’s probabilities firming given Stoinis’ considerations.

However after Wade hit 355 runs at a mean of 88.75 and strike price of 182.05 in opposition to English county golf equipment just lately, Clarke stated he needed to be the primary selection.

“I’m assuming, for those who have a look at present kind, they need to convey Matthew Wade in,” he informed the ICC’s social media web page.

“After which they decide with a kind of two (Wade and Handscomb) having to play.”

Wade’s final ODI was in 2017 however he performed the majority of his worldwide profession underneath the 2015 World Cup successful captain Clarke.

Another choice may embody wicketkeeper Alex Carey transferring up the order, along with his 89 on Saturday taking him to 329 runs for the competitors – a file for anybody batting No.7 or beneath.

“That was one thing mentioned main into this sport,” Finch stated.

“It is going to be mentioned main into the following sport little question.

“He’s performed a few essential innings for us in some tough circumstances and tough circumstances.”


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