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Khawaja injures hamstring in Aussie chase

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6th July, 2019

Usman Khawaja has suffered a hamstring injury in Australia’s World Cup clash with South Africa while Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis needed the physio.

Australia have an injury concern ahead of the World Cup semi-finals after Usman Khawaja was forced to retire hurt against South Africa with a hamstring problem.

Khawaja sought treatment on his left hamstring just five balls into his innings, getting it strapped between overs early in Australia’s pursuit of 326 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The left-hander hit one more run – a single to the backward square boundary – but struggled to return for a second and subsequently walked from the field.

He will remain at the ground and continue to be assessed.

Khawaja is one of several injury concerns suddenly confronting Australia in their last group match.

Mitchell Starc required the attention of a physio on the boundary while fielding on Saturday after appearing ginger, but he later returned to the bowling crease and took two wickets.

Marcus Stoinis also required the assistance of the physio while batting on Saturday, having missed two games with a side strain earlier in the World Cup.