Recently Finished
Live Cricket
Upcoming Matches
No live scores available
View All Matches
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Australia walk barefoot on Edgbaston pitch as they prepare to face England in semi-final

Australia's stars walked barefoot on the Edgbaston pitch on Monday in an unusual team bonding session as they prepare to face England in the second semi-final on Thursday.

Before the nets sessions started on Monday, Justin Langer ordered the squad to discard their socks and trainers which helps in normalizing the body’s biological rhythms.

After a lap of the venue, they shared stories of their World Cup dreams as the tournament comes to an end.

Peter Handscomb, who is yet to participate in the tournament, having joined up as a replacement for injured Shaun Marsh, is under the radar to face England in the semi-final.

Asked for experience of the bonding session, Handscomb said: "It's just a moment to get a feel for the ground, literally.

"You do that lap and you can see all the different views from the ground and where you might be fielding and it gives you an opportunity to take it all in before it all starts on Thursday.

"We had an open and honest conversation and it was great that some of the guys poured their heart out there about what it meant to get to the semi-final.

"There were some really good stories: what it meant for them and their first memories of cricket growing up. It was really nice to see what playing in the finals means to this group."