Justin Langer confident of Australia's chances against England in semis despite injury concerns

Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have been ruled out of the World Cup for Australia, while Marcus Stoinis is a doubtful starter, but coach Langer believes that his side has the skills to overcome England in the second semi-final.
Justin Langer confident of Australia's chances against England in semis despite injury concernsJustin Langer confident of Australia's chances against England in semis despite injury concerns
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Defending champions Australia have a number of injury concerns ahead of their semi-final clash against England in the World Cup 2019, but coach Justin Langer believes that his team has the skills to fill that void. 

Usman Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury against South Africa and was ruled out of the event, a few days after Shaun Marsh was out due to a fractured arm. Marcus Stoinis is a doubtful starter for the semis on Thursday as well. Matthew Wade, Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh have been called up as injury replacements. 

Australia, who were on top of the points table till their last game against South Africa, slipped to number two after a 10-run loss to the Proteas, which means that they will face England in the second semi-final game. Langer did admit that his side will be under pressure. 

"It is pressure for anyone, but there is pressure for all 22 guys on the park," Langer was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.

"Matthew Wade has played a lot of international cricket if he comes in. There's a real upside to him and he is in no doubt career-best form."

"Pete Handscomb a few months ago helped us beat India 3-2 in India in their conditions and then 5-0 against Pakistan in the UAE. His temperament is excellent for it. Mitch Marsh has also played a lot of one-day international cricket. We're really lucky," Langer said.

"We've got so many options, and that's the positive thing. Whether it's Steve Smith batting at number three, whether it's Alex Carey coming up, we've got so many options — it's a very adaptable team. Potentially with Mitch Marsh coming in giving us some medium pace. He's been bowling as well, played four Australia A games in pretty good form with bat and ball," he continued. 

 

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