Australia news January 17, 2011

Hussey doubtful for World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

  • Martin 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.

  • 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.

  • Roshan 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 :)

  • hayden 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!!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2011, 19:03 GMT

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

  • Samrat 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.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2011, 18:48 GMT

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

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