Australian selectors face a tough decision of choosing between Marcus Stoinis and Marnus Labuschagne for their World Cup semi-final match. The decision hinges on whether to go with an extra bowler in Stoinis, or the batting stability offered by Labuschagne at the number five position. The looming tropical cyclone off the Bay of Bengal adds to the pressure, as a washout could cost Australia the match and potentially knockout them from the tournament. The possibility of a reduced-overs game due to rain also adds to the dilemma, with Stoinis’ aggressive hitting ability being a potential advantage. However, coach Andrew McDonald emphasized that weather would not be a factor in the team’s selection. Labuschagne, who has played 17 straight ODIs for Australia, would be disappointed if overlooked. Despite the uncertainties, captain Pat Cummins indicated that the team would focus on playing the best side for the conditions and against the South African opponent. Australia have also cleared Glenn Maxwell to return after he underwent scans for hamstring cramps. A win on Thursday will see Australia advance to their eighth World Cup final, while South Africa is aiming to win a semi-final for the first time in five attempts.

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