Australia add Matthew Wade and Mitch Marsh to World Cup squad


"Like Shaun (Marsh) I feel sad for him that he's going to miss the World Cup semi-final".

'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. "We had to work hard on that and that's a good bunch of players", said the former opener", he said referring to the period which saw senior players David Warner and Steve Smith being handed out one-year bans for ball-tampering.

"We've got nothing to lose, we've only got stuff to gain".

Justin Langer, the Australia head coach, has lavished England with praise before their World Cup semi-final, describing them as the "benchmark" side in one-day cricket.

Amid all the replacements, the Australian side is bound to reshuffle their batting order but Langer said they are a very adaptable team.

"When it gets to the game, they (England) won't be anxious about (winning to get the final on) free-to-air TV or what Michael Vaughan or anyone else says", Langer said.

Handscomb is in a fight with Matthew Wade to replace injured batsman Usman Khawaja for the semi-final.

But despite the coach's new-age talk, Australia's Nathan Lyon tried to put pressure on England in typically acerbic style.

"Conservatively it'll be three or four weeks, and with all the help and the rehab he'll get hopefully he'll be right for the practice game or certainly the first test".

Australia left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets between them in a match where Australia captain Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving a testing opening from England's fast bowlers.

Australia had received a major blow during their last league stage match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against South Africa.

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

"We're a different sort of animal compared to our last teams", he said.

Marcus Stoinis, who has been struggling with a side injury, provided some good news for Australia when he was passed fit to play after a workout in the nets. It didn't just affect our cricket, it affected our country.

"He's been bowling as well, played four Australia A games in pretty good form with bat and ball". They left Brighton this morning for Birmingham, the destination of Australia's blockbuster semi-final show with tournament hosts England on Thursday.

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.