Australia news January 17, 2011

Hussey doubtful for World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mike Hussey's place in Australia's World Cup squad is in doubt after it was confirmed he suffered a hamstring tear while batting during the six-wicket win over England on Sunday.

Scans on Hussey's left hamstring have revealed the left-hander has ripped part of a tendon off the bone near the gluteus muscle on the upper thigh. While the injury will certainly curtail Hussey's involvement in the seven-match one-day series against England, it also casts doubt over his selection for the World Cup with Australia due to name their 15-man squad for the tournament, which starts on February 19, by Wednesday.

Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris confirmed that Hussey had sustained "a significant left hamstring injury", adding: "The course of management for this injury will be determined in the next 24 hours."

"Our main focus is trying to get prepared for that World Cup, that is my main focus as well and I would really like to be part of that," Hussey had said before scans revealed the extent of his injury. "If that meant missing a couple of games as a precaution then I am sure that is an option we would have to look at."

Reports in the Australian media have suggested that Cricket Australia officials are understood to be seeking clear clarification on selection and replacement regulations before announcing their World Cup squad. It appears that Hussey could be named in Australia's initial squad and possibly replaced if he does not regain full fitness as the start of the tournament draws near. If he is not named initially, he can only join the squad later if another player is injured and forced to withdraw.

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  • mariofan97 on January 18, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    if Mr. Cricket can't make it, BRING IN BRAD HODGE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5wombats on January 17, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    This is harsh. He does work very hard - too right. He's had to carry a lot of weight this summer and now look what it's done to him. Cricket needs players like Mike Hussey - our children need to watch players like Mike Hussey. This totally sucks.

  • Mad_Hamish on January 17, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Sunil S. Kesarkar, Hussey made 2 100s and 3 50s in the Ashes to average 63.33. If that's not in form there aren't too many people who've ever been in form for more than the odd series.

  • Goviro on January 17, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    If Huss is to miss the WC, this will really hurt Australias chances. Their number one finisher, and one of their bestman, he is almost indispensible to the men in yellow. Cmon Huss get right :)

  • redneck on January 17, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    its only a hamstring, thats 2-4 weeks max in football. i cant see it being any longer for a cricketer, yet alone a batsmen. hopefully we can name him in the team and replace him if it is worse but surly he will be right by the time the world cup rolls round??? he's vital for us at the momment!!!!

  • on January 17, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    This is not Good From aN Australian Point Of View, Michael Hussey Has Participated In The IPL With Great Form And Has Done Sensationally well on those sub continental pitches. If He Isn't In The Final 15 I Think Australia Are Not Going To Achieve a 4th World Cup.

  • on January 17, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Damn it! I want to see Aussies doing good in the world cup and without Hussey it ll be tough...In between I am a pakistani fan but still would like to see Aussies doing good...

  • on January 17, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I reckon, chances of Australia, parting with the trophy, have increased with this news!

  • mrmonty on January 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Now, it will be up to Watson to win the WC on his own, coz I don't see another match-winner apart from these two.

  • on January 17, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    :( the WC will not be complete without a Hussey special

  • mariofan97 on January 18, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    if Mr. Cricket can't make it, BRING IN BRAD HODGE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5wombats on January 17, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    This is harsh. He does work very hard - too right. He's had to carry a lot of weight this summer and now look what it's done to him. Cricket needs players like Mike Hussey - our children need to watch players like Mike Hussey. This totally sucks.

  • Mad_Hamish on January 17, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Sunil S. Kesarkar, Hussey made 2 100s and 3 50s in the Ashes to average 63.33. If that's not in form there aren't too many people who've ever been in form for more than the odd series.

  • Goviro on January 17, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    If Huss is to miss the WC, this will really hurt Australias chances. Their number one finisher, and one of their bestman, he is almost indispensible to the men in yellow. Cmon Huss get right :)

  • redneck on January 17, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    its only a hamstring, thats 2-4 weeks max in football. i cant see it being any longer for a cricketer, yet alone a batsmen. hopefully we can name him in the team and replace him if it is worse but surly he will be right by the time the world cup rolls round??? he's vital for us at the momment!!!!

  • on January 17, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    This is not Good From aN Australian Point Of View, Michael Hussey Has Participated In The IPL With Great Form And Has Done Sensationally well on those sub continental pitches. If He Isn't In The Final 15 I Think Australia Are Not Going To Achieve a 4th World Cup.

  • on January 17, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Damn it! I want to see Aussies doing good in the world cup and without Hussey it ll be tough...In between I am a pakistani fan but still would like to see Aussies doing good...

  • on January 17, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I reckon, chances of Australia, parting with the trophy, have increased with this news!

  • mrmonty on January 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Now, it will be up to Watson to win the WC on his own, coz I don't see another match-winner apart from these two.

  • on January 17, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    :( the WC will not be complete without a Hussey special

  • NP_NY on January 17, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Mr.Cricket is the one Aussie player with real class on and off the field. I hope he can make it to the world cup.

  • on January 17, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    rikki not in form.better take rest for world cup period. Hussey also look in ashes not in touch. australia can use new players.

    sunil kuwait

  • landl47 on January 17, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Tough luck on Hussey and on Australia. I hope he's fit to play in the WC.

  • on January 17, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Ain't nop cricket without MR. CRICKET!!!

  • on January 17, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Noooo... Cant have a world cup with out MR CRICKET !

  • on January 17, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    No Cricket without MR. CRICKET. Hussey i hope you recover very soon mate! It would be a shame if he were to miss the World Cup!! Aussie doctors, physicians whoever is involved, please get him fit ASAP. We need Mike in cricket world cup

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    such a needless injuring. huss needs to chill out he works too hard on the field. its how he plays but he pushes himself too far. he better be back for the WC defence

  • on January 17, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    It is really unfortunate that Mr Cricket playing in the WC is in jeopardy. He is one of my favorites and I wd miss him if he fails to be fit for the WC. It will considerably weaken his side too as he is capable of playing different roles - defending, consolidating, pinch hitting) as the situation demands. One wd like to see in WC the best 11s of each country playing and showcasing their talent. More than any razzmatazz that wd lift the contests to the highest level and make the WC live up to its name. I can only wish, like other fans of Mike Hussey, that he can recover soon enough to be part of the oz team and give his best.

  • Dr.Qwert on January 17, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    this is a real blow, even if he is fit he probably won't come back in the same form he's in now. he'd have loved to keep playing & maintain the form. really makes a spare batsman a necessity. McKay & Harris were already big blows & would have been walk up starters if fit. hope pontings finger is alright & when he comes back he is refreshed & ready to make a truck load of runs. wouldn't put man of the series beyond him now he has so many doubters.

  • on January 17, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Sad end of such a Great cricketer.Aussie wont be able to retain the cup without him.

  • thewayitwass on January 17, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    massive, MASSIVE blow to the already slim chances for australia in the WC. He has been australia's best batsmen in ODI's for a few years now and his absence will hurt australia more than even pontings... hopefully callum ferguson/ another young gun stands up

  • on January 17, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    so sad if Hussey can't play WC, it w'll b bis loss of Aus.....

  • adamgilly on January 17, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    bad luck continues..... bring back gilly and make him captain... ricky is no good nd passed his sell by date, vr ordinary batsman he has become....

  • Lovetesh on January 17, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Mike's loss could be David's gain.

  • catsa on January 17, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    oh no this will be a huge loss for Australia. Get Well soon Hussey

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    ricky ponting should be removed...................... hezz nt in gud form nt hussey

  • cricketaddict000 on January 17, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    If Hussey is unfortunate enough not to play - he deserves the spot - then there is no reason not for Brad Hodge to get picked. (Not like there was a reason beforehand as his form and the support of fans prove this point.)

  • mster57 on January 17, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    hope hussey is able 2 play world cup

  • Shri080 on January 17, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Last Worst thing happening to Aussies

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Huss never gets injured....what a horrible time for him to get injured....Hope you get back to fitness in time for the WC..

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    big blow for them. With him in they have a team for 4 in a row.

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  • on January 17, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    big blow for them. With him in they have a team for 4 in a row.

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Huss never gets injured....what a horrible time for him to get injured....Hope you get back to fitness in time for the WC..

  • Shri080 on January 17, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Last Worst thing happening to Aussies

  • mster57 on January 17, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    hope hussey is able 2 play world cup

  • cricketaddict000 on January 17, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    If Hussey is unfortunate enough not to play - he deserves the spot - then there is no reason not for Brad Hodge to get picked. (Not like there was a reason beforehand as his form and the support of fans prove this point.)

  • on January 17, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    ricky ponting should be removed...................... hezz nt in gud form nt hussey

  • catsa on January 17, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    oh no this will be a huge loss for Australia. Get Well soon Hussey

  • Lovetesh on January 17, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Mike's loss could be David's gain.

  • adamgilly on January 17, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    bad luck continues..... bring back gilly and make him captain... ricky is no good nd passed his sell by date, vr ordinary batsman he has become....

  • on January 17, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    so sad if Hussey can't play WC, it w'll b bis loss of Aus.....