Australia coach Justin Langer revealed on Tuesday that Peter Handscomb will be picked to face hosts England in their Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston.
Handscomb was left out of Australia’s initial 15-man squad after the return of Steve Smith and David Warner from year-long ball-tampering bans.
But the 28-year-old was drafted in as a replacement for the injured Shaun Marsh, and with Usman Khawaja ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a hamstring problem, there is now a batting vacancy that Handscomb will fill on Thursday.
“I’ll tell you the truth: Peter will definitely play, 100 percent,” Langer told reporters in Birmingham on Tuesday.
“He deserves it. He was so unlucky not to be in the initial squad after what he’d done to help us get to that point.
“He’s in good form, he’s played well for Australia A and gives us that nice balance through the middle order. He’s on top of his game.”