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Injury-hit Australia axe Khawaja, Wade-Marsh into squad

Kriralok Desk:

Matthew Wade and Mitchel Marsh have been called up for Australia World Cup squad as cover for top order batsman Usman Khawaja and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

Usman Khawaja suffered a left hamstring injury in Australia’s shock 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Stoinis was also hampered by a side complaint, an issue which had already sidelined him for two group stage matches.

With defending champions Australia due to play against England in the semi-finals at Edgbaston on Thursday, Wade and Marsh have been added to the squad.

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 the Australia A group currently in Sussex, southern England.

Australia captain Aaron Finch admitted Khawaja was likely to be unavailable for the rest of the tournament.

A Cricket Australia statement stated, `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 cover to Australia’s World Cup squad.’