Left-handed batsman Usman Khuwaja has been ruled out of remainder of ICC Cricket World Cup due to hamstring strain sustained during the World Cup game played against South Africa at Old Trafford in Manchester. He will out from competitive cricket for atleast four weeks.
Australia’s Head Coach Justin Langer confirmed that Khuwaja suffered from hamstring problem during Australia’s chase in Manchester. In the end, the side lost their final game by 10 runs to finish second on the league table.
Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade has been named as a replacement for Khuwaja and will await the approval of ICC’s World Cup technical committee for him to make the trip to the UK.
Justin Langer said that Khuwaja has been ruled out of the competition due to a hamstring strain and the team management will be working closely with him to get him fit in time for the Ashes series. Also, Shaun Marsh has suffered from hand injury earlier in the tournament and was sidelined due to injury.
However, Justin Langer remained hopeful about Khuwaja playing the first Ashes Test in Edgbaston that will be played from 1st August. Langer stressed that the hamstring strain is not such a big problem and he will be hoping that Khuwaja can regain full fitness before the first Ashes Test.
Khuwaja was a consistent performer with the bat for Australia in this World Cup and would be greatly missed due to solid technique and composure at the crease.
The other injury concern for Australia is all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who suffered a bruising on his right leg while throwing a ball from the boundary. He only bowled three overs against South Africa in Manchester.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has come in as a cover for Stoinis and might be slotted into the playing XI for Australia’s semifinal clash against England.