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Michael Hussey undergoes hamstring surgery

Peter English

January 18, 2011

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Michael Hussey works the ball during his unbeaten 71, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne
Michael Hussey has suffered a severe hamstring injury © Getty Images

Michael Hussey is in major doubt for the World Cup after having surgery on his left leg just hours after being named in Australia's 15-man squad. Hussey hurt his hamstring in Sunday's ODI victory in Melbourne and initially thought the problem was minor. But scans revealed one of the hamstring tendons had torn from the inner side of his knee.

"The recovery time and availability for the World Cup will be dependent on his progress with the rehabilitation programme in the coming weeks," Australia's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. Hussey has been replaced for the next three games of the one-day series by Shaun Marsh, who is now a big chance of playing at his first World Cup.

Australia's first match of the global event is against Zimbabwe on February 21 in Ahmedabad, leaving Hussey racing to recover. The quarter-finals start a month later and Hussey is such an important player that he could be allowed to enter the tournament when the knockout games are approaching. Australia were in a similar situation four years ago when Andrew Symonds hurt his arm, but returned to help the side to the trophy.

"It's just happened at a bad time," Hilditch said before Hussey had surgery. "Obviously Mike's a key player of our squad so he's in this squad, but a final decision whether he's going to be fit or not will be made closer to our departure date."

Ricky Ponting hopes his little finger will be right for the start of the tournament. He broke it while fielding during the third Ashes Test in Perth and missed the Sydney match, with the surgery ruling him out of the England ODIs.

"I'm hoping to be right for the start of the World Cup," Ponting said. "My finger's coming along okay, I guess. I haven't been able to do anything for the last couple of weeks post-surgery, but I've got a bit more movement now."

The finger is still in a splint and Ponting said it would be looked at by a doctor once a week. "I'm pretty keen to get a bat back in my hands again and I'm going to be around the team, certainly this week down in Hobart for the second game," he said.

Ponting is 36 and heading to his fifth World Cup, but he said even a fourth consecutive victory would not hide the pain of the Ashes defeat. "I'm not sure if anything would erase what's just happened," he said. "Payback's going to be hard to get after losing the Ashes."

Australia's position in ODIs is much better than in Tests, where they sit fifth, and Ponting remains confident of his side's chances. "We're quite clearly the No.1-ranked one-day team in the world, and I think just little things like the great win that we had the other night shows that this one-day team is certainly on the right track," he said. "We've got a really proud record in the subcontinent and we'll be going there to do everything we can to win another World Cup."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Nathan on (January 20, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Aus has gotten away with underdone players and last minute replacements in previous World Cups, but this is a different Aus side now. The aura is gone and everyone thinks they're beatable. Selections are not the whole problem but they sure as hell haven't helped ... Hilditch must go, far far away hopefully never to be heard from again. Pick a one day specialist spinner in Doherty for tests, then dump him for the one dayers, stating that Hauritz's ODI record in India (4 wickets in 7 games @70 per wicket) is excellent ... WTF?! Pick Hastings over Christian even though Christian has more wickets and a couple hundred more runs than Hastings so far this domestic one day season. Don't even give Ferguson a look in despite Ferg looking every bit an international ODI batsman when given a chance ... etc etc etc ... @VivGilchrist - lol yeah fred's comment at the beginning had me scratching my head too ... I'm sure he's trying to say something but I can't help with interpreting it.

Posted by John on (January 19, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

If it helps, Something_Witty, I agree with you about Hussey. I think he is capable of having a good game, but not as often as he did in the past. However, if the moderators removed all the comments which are nonsense from these threads, there wouldn't be much left. Besides, I always get a laugh from anything jonesy2 says.

Posted by John on (January 19, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Wow, I am surprised at some of the comments that are allowed to be published here. A fair few of them have done nothing but flame me or disagree with me, without even stating their reasoning, yet are still allowed to be published? Where's the logic, mods? What's the bet this comment won't be allowed though eh? If you disagree with something I've said, I have no problem with that, but at least post a logical reason for it, don't just come out and say "No you're wrong because I say so haha so there". That's just being argumentative for the sake of an argument.

Posted by Naaz on (January 19, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

As long as the likes of HIlditch and co are ruling we will not be able to reach anywhere. We have given up Ashes now we are about to hand over the world cup. Until and unless CA seriously reconsiders the selection it is better to concede that world cup is slipping. I still feel we should include Shaun Marsh, Callum Ferguson and even Usman Kkawaja. Steve Smith is neither a bowler or a specialist batsman and yet he is being selected. Daniel Christian is a better all rounder. On one side Hilditch is singing to get youths in the team and one side our team is full players who are out of form. It is time to consider Ponting and Hussey's replacement. Tait will prove very expensive in the subcontinent. CA should seriously look into grooming fast bowlers like Peter George, Hazzlewood, Michael Starc.

Posted by S.rao on (January 19, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

I would suggest he should change his name to Nothing_witty and such comments would be justified.

Posted by Bobby on (January 19, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

The selectors have NOT learnt anything from the Ashes debacle!! They are making the same mistakes again > picking out of form players > Clarke, Ponting, D. Hussey and making a risky selections with Hastings and Smith. They do not seem to have a plan B if Ponting and Clarke continue their wretched form! David Hussey has shown that he cannot make the step up to international cricket. After 24 ODIs, he averages only 28.47!! Brad Haddin also has a poor record as an opener and on the sub-continent and he showed in the game last week that he struggles against spinners! Watson needs to open with Paine or Marsh. Ponting/Clarke will bat at 3 and 4 but if they continue their poor form, a decision will need to be made ASAP. David Hussey will struggle on the International level. Hastings is unlikely to get a game and hence Hopes or Doherty would have been a better selection. Bowling wise, we are relying on three risky bowlers (Lee, Tait and Johnson) and an out of form Bollinger!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

the world cup is ruled by Australia, an other trophy to come

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

I think it is good squad if james hopes is in it.he is a good allrounder.other wise it was a very good squad,but not good for win the world cup,they can't win world cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

I am an Indian and a big Oz fan. I am clearly disappointed with the selectors. We all saw what happened in the ashes when Oz's went by players reputation rather than going by form. It is these sort of tough decisions that Oz selectors were known to make, made them the no 1 side in the world. I clearly see room for hodge and callum ferg, had Oz's selected them, they would have had a strong team that can defend the title for the 5 time and 4'th time in a row.If ponting or huss is injured just before the match, do you replace such vital cog's in them with half baked players like hastings, Paine and smith.clarke does not merit a place as he would rather be an extra baggage for the title defense.On all those ponting has kept faith with , have all disappointed Ricky and Australia on crucial tours. Things in australlia are heading towards ponting's imminent retirement post world cup, I do not see the OZ's going past the QFs. I reiterate Hodge, Callum and siddle should have travelled

Posted by David on (January 19, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

something_witty, i'd interpret those dismissals as over confidence, when you're middling bowls to fielders you're not batting too badly. his collingwood dismissal was real lazy batting & a lapse when an ordinary bowler came on. Hussey will be a real asset if available as the only real experience batsman in any form with clarke not seeing it well & punter doesn't seem to have any idea where his off stump is.

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