<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia/">Australia</a> coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Justin-Langer/news/">Justin Langer</a> revealed on Tuesday that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Peter-Handscomb/news/">Peter Handscomb</a> will be picked to face hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England/">England</a> in their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2">Cricket World Cup</a> semi-final at Edgbaston. <p></p> <p></p>Handscomb was left out of Australia's initial 15-man squad after the return of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/news/">Steve Smith</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/David-Warner/news/">David Warner</a> from year-long ball-tampering bans. <p></p> <p></p>But the 28-year-old was drafted in as a replacement for the injured <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Shaun-Marsh/news/">Shaun Marsh</a>, and with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Usman-Khawaja/news/">Usman Khawaja</a> ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a hamstring problem, there is now a batting vacancy that Handscomb will fill on Thursday. <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh called up as cover for Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-matthew-wade-mitchell-marsh-called-up-as-cover-for-marcus-stoinis-usman-khawaja-866662">Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh called up as cover for Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I'll tell you the truth: Peter will definitely play, 100 percent," Langer told reporters in Birmingham on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>"He deserves it. He was so unlucky not to be in the initial squad after what he'd done to help us get to that point. <p></p> <p></p>"He's in good form, he's played well for Australia A and gives us that nice balance through the middle order. He's on top of his game." <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="Loss against South Africa and injury setback not ideal for Australia ahead of World Cup semi-final: Ricky Ponting" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-loss-against-south-africa-and-injury-setback-not-ideal-for-australia-ahead-of-world-cup-semi-final-ricky-ponting-866768">Loss against South Africa and injury setback not ideal for Australia ahead of World Cup semi-final: Ricky Ponting</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Langer also confirmed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/matthew-wade/news/">Matthew Wade</a> would come into the squad in place of Khawaja, pending approval from the International Cricket Council's technical committee. <p></p> <p></p>"He'll just come in as the official replacement for Usman Khawaja. Like everyone in the squad there's potential for him to play, definitely," Langer said. <p></p> <p></p>"He's a real seasoned pro and he's had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket. With his experience, if he plays, then we're confident he'll do a really good job." <p></p> <p></p>Marcus Stoinis, who has been struggling with a side injury, provided some good news for Australia when he was passed fit to play after a workout in the nets. <p></p> <p></p>Langer also explained why he led Australia's players on a barefoot walkabout at the ground on Monday before the group shared stories on the pitch in a so-called "bonding circle". <p></p> <p></p>"It's a nice thing to do. Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"It was just walking a lap of the oval with our shoes off. We could have done it with our shoes on and nobody would have said anything. <p></p> <p></p>"If you go back 12 months there wasn't much to be relaxed and chilled about in Australian cricket, was there? We went through a major crisis in our cricket. It didn't just affect our cricket, it affected our country. <p></p> <p></p>"We've got to work hard on being more humble in what we do and being focused on playing good cricket."