'Please explain': Aussie fans fume over 'baffling' moment in semi-final

The decision to play Peter Handscomb ahead of Matthew Wade in Australia’s do-or-die World Cup semi-final has come under immense fire.

Handscomb made his World Cup debut on Thursday after Usman Khawaja was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Reserve batsman Shaun Marsh was also out with a broken wrist, paving the way for Handscomb’s selection.

However it went horribly wrong for the Victorian, comprehensively bowled for just 4 after a scratchy innings that featured a number of hairy moments.

Peter Handscomb looked pretty horrible. (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Many believed Handscomb was unlucky to miss out on the World Cup squad when it was initially named, and he was the common sense pick to play on Thursday.

However Matthew Wade was also in the squad because of the double injury blow, and hoards of fans felt he should have got the nod ahead of Handscomb.

Wade has been one of the most in-form batsmen in the country over the last few months, plundering runs in all three formats of the game domestically.

He was also coming off consecutive centuries in Australia A’s concurrent tour of England.

Aussie legend Craig McDermott led the fury over the call to play Handscomb over Wade.

Aussies annihilated

Australia will relinquish the World Cup for just the second time in two decades after their title defence came to a crashing end.

The Aussies were thoroughly outplayed at Edgbaston, beaten by eight wickets and completely blown off the park as England booked a date with New Zealand in Sunday's decider.

All out for just 223 batting first at Edgbaston, Australia watched on as Jason Roy helped blast England to victory in just 32.1 overs.

England captain Eoin Morgan described it as one of the team's most complete performances in four years, while Australian counterpart Aaron Finch admitted it was his team's worst of the tournament.

"That was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament," Finch said.

"We were totally outplayed to be honest all throughout the day."

with AAP