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.
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.
Why is Matthew Wade not playing tonight, after all he has faced Archer for two year with The Hurricanes, not to mention his excellent form ????? Please explain ????!!!!!!— CraigMcDermott (@c_mcdermott328) July 11, 2019
18 seconds later.......clean bowled 🤦♂️ https://t.co/MjpWQkvwTt— Adam McGrath (@AdamMcGrath89) July 11, 2019
Handscomb should never have got a gig ahead of Wade. Reckon we're cooked here. #CWC19— Adam Hill (@adamhillmedia) July 11, 2019
Handscomb had a shocker. Not batted since playing against Gloucester seconds on June 30. Thrown in the deepest of deep ends in a World Cup semi. Bowled by Woakes for 4. Australia 14-3.— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) July 11, 2019
Oh Handscomb. He's good, you know - but that was not a good shot. Neither was the shot before. Or the shot before that...— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) July 11, 2019
Why select Handscomb over an in form Wade? Plain stupidity! #ENGvAUS— Stido (@stido1977) July 11, 2019
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."