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Cricket World Cup: Australia facing big selection dilemma

Australia head into the World Cup semi-final against South Africa with a full squad to choose from, leaving the selectors with a huge headache.

The Aussies are on an impressive seven-match winning run and are now just one step away from the World Cup final.

They are priced at 4.33 to go all the way, but standing in their way are South Africa, who can be backed at 5.00 to win the World Cup.

The countdown is on to Thursday’s big semi-final showdown, and the Aussie selectors have a bit of thinking to do before then.

Let’s take a look at the very latest team news to come from the Australian camp.

WhatSouth Africa v Australia
WhereEden Gardens, Kolkata
When18:30 (AEST) Thursday 16th November 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds South Africa 2.10, Australia 1.72

Aussies at full-strength

For the first time during the World Cup Australia will have no injury or selection worries heading into the match with South Africa.

Throughout the tournament key players have been missing for certain matches. Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith have all sat out at times.

However, as long as there are no late injury setbacks, Australia will have their full compliment to choose from.

Which is great news for the selectors, but also provides them with something of a selection headache. Albeit a good one.

Who makes up the top seven?

With everyone fit and available the Aussie selectors have a tough call to make over who makes up the top seven in the side.

And as things stand, it looks as though either Marcus Stoinis or Marnus Labuschagne will miss out against South Africa.

The top four of the batting order David Warner, Travis Head, Marsh and Smith are locked in, while Josh Inglis will continue to keep wicket.

Warner is priced at 4.33 to be Team – Top Batter against South Africa.

In the last game against Bangladesh, Maxwell was rested, allowing both Labuschagne and Stoinis to play.

However with Maxwell set to return, one of them will have to make way, but who will it be?

Tough dilemma for Australia

Neither Labuschagne or Stoinis got to bat against Bangladesh as Marsh smashed 177 runs and was backed up by Smith, who scored 63.

Stoinis did take one wicket in that match, and the fact that he is an all-rounder that can take wickets, could sway the decision in his favour.

He took a couple of big wickets in the victory over Pakistan and is capable of doing so again if Australia need him to make a breakthrough against South Africa.

Stoinis has not been spectacular with the bat, but he has chipped in with some important runs and is capable of a big score.

Labuschagne has impressed with the bat, scoring 286 runs so far, with a top score of 71 coming against England.

He can also be backed at 5.50 to be Team – Top Batter, if he gets the nod to start.

He has also shown his quality in the field, particularly when the pressure was on in the thrilling win over New Zealand.

Such a cool head could be required again and Labuschagne would be the man.

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