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ICC World Cup 2019: Khawaja Ruled Out Due to Hamstring Injury, Wade Called as Replacement

Cricketnext Staff |July 7, 2019, 8:21 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019: Khawaja Ruled Out Due to Hamstring Injury, Wade Called as Replacement

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC World Cup 2019 due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the clash against South Africa. The incident occurred during Australia’s batting against the Proteas, requiring the batsman to retire hurt.

Coach Justin Langer confirmed the same and said that Khawaja will be out of action for close to three weeks, which leaves a doubt on his participation in the upcoming Ashes starting August 1, according to news.com.au.

"Uzzy (Usman) has got a hamstring strain, so he will be out for three-four weeks which is a real shame. We will have to work hard on getting him up for the Ashes now,” Langer said.

Left-arm wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade will replace Khawaja in the squad. Wade, who is currently in the UK with the Australia A team, has been in sensational form having scored 355 runs in four one-day matches on the tour.

The injury woes don't end there for the Aussies as there are concerns over Marcus Stoinis' fitness too. The all-rounder suffered a side strain in the match versus South Africa.

This is the second time in the tournament that he has suffered a niggle. He suffered a side strain in Australia’s loss to India, but was cleared to play the match eventually.

Australia previously had called Peter Handscomb as a cover for Shaun Marsh, who was injured while facing Pat Cummins in the nets.

Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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