Canberra, Jul 7 : Cricket Australia on Sunday called up Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh to join its World Cup squad after Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis got injured in Saturday's match against South Africa.
Australia lost to South Africa in their last league game on Saturday, dropping down to second spot behind India in the World Cup points table.
As a result, Australian team will now travel to Birmingham from Manchester to play the semifinal against hosts England on Thursday.
After their loss to South Africa, Australian captain Aaron Finch also said,''Usman's not looking great, in all honesty''. The left-hander is likely to miss the remainder of the tournament.
However, the final call on both Khawaja and Stonis will be taken after their scans on Sunday, with both players still officially a part of Australia's 15-man squad at this stage.
Both Wade and Marsh were called up as backup from Brighton, where Australia A were due to begin their first unofficial Test on tour, against Sussex, on Sunday.
It's the second time during the tournament that Marsh has been called up to cover Stoinis, who suffered a side strain in Australia's loss to India before he passed a fitness test ahead of the Bangladesh match at Trent Bridge.
Wade has been in fine touch as he amassed 355 runs in four one-day innings, including a quick-fire hundred off 45 balls against Derbyshire on the A tour. Marsh has scored unbeaten scores of 40, 29, 53 and 4 as a middle order batsman in the tour. (UNI)