Australia have done pretty well in the group league games of ICC World Cup where they finished at the second place of the points table. Although they have been dealing with a couple of injuries where batsman Peter Handscomb has been recalled as a replacement for Shaun Marsh after being dropped from the initial squad. He is expected to be featured in the semi-final against the hosts England on July 11, shared he is “living the dream”.
“To actually be able to do it (playing in a semi-final), is like living the dream,” Handscomb said to the reporters ahead of the semi-final. “It’s really sad obviously for the people who’ve gone down so late in the tournament. For those guys it’s gut-wrenching, but they’re also supporting the rest of the group. That’s the atmosphere we have in the dressing room.”
“For me, I’ve played so many World Cup semi-finals and finals in the backyard with my mates and you are trying to be different guys as a kid. To actually come out here is great. It’s about knowing what is required of me and then treating it as any game, go in with the same mindset I have for the last couple of years and hopefully do something towards winning the match,” he further added.
Handscomb played a brilliant knock of 117 in the fourth ODI in their tour to India earlier this year. He even scored well in the other games as well.
“Every time you take the next step up you try and get that self-belief that you actually belong there and that little period against India and Pakistan really helped me believe in myself,” he told. “Now I can back my skills and know I have done it so can continue to make runs if required.”
“Obviously the rivalry is strong, everyone just seems to live for these games. There’ll be plenty of energy, and basically whoever can stay calm for the longest out there and keep a level head will go through,” he said while speaking about the semi-final.
Australia will take on England at Edgbaston on Thursday and it will be interesting to see who have the last laugh.