Handscomb’s World Cup debut

Peter Handscomb is set to be thrown straight in the deep end as he makes his World Cup debut in the semi-final against England on Thursday night.

The 27-year old comes into the side to replace the injured Usman Khawaja, who limped off in Saturday nights 10-run loss to South Africa.

Handscomb had a few starts in the most recent ODI series against Pakistan but his form earlier in the year against India both home and abroad put him on the brink of a World Cup birth.

Most recent ODI series:

Opponent Date Score
Pakistan 31 Mar 2019 8
Pakistan 29 Mar 2019 7
Pakistan 27 Mar 2019 47
Pakistan 24 Mar 2019 DNB
Pakistan 22 Mar 2019 30*

Big Show or No Show

The World Cup form of Glenn Maxwell has been brought in to question with doubt over his spot in the semi-final. The 30-year old, who brings X factor to the team has averaged just 22.14 (including 2 not outs) so far this tournament, however it’s his shot selection that has frustrated fans of the green and gold.

Maxwell’s World Cup:

Opponent Date Score
South Africa 6 Jul 2019 12
New Zealand 29 Jun 2019 1
England 25 Jun 2019 12
Bangladesh 20 Jun 2019 32
Sri Lanka 15 Jun 2019 46*
Pakistan 12 Jun 2019 20
India 9 Jun 2019 28
West Indies 6 Jun 2019 0
Afghanistan 1 Jun 2019 4*

Steadfast Stoinis

Despite carrying two side injuries, all-rounded Marcus Stoinis is expected to be available to play in Thursday’s knock-out match.

Stoinis was put through a extensive fitness test on his right-side in the lead up, bowling for 30 minutes and batting for an hour in the nets.