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Hussey, Hauritz out of World Cup

Brydon Coverdale

February 8, 2011

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Nathan Hauritz is in pain as he is helped off the field having injured his right shoulder, Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Hobart, January 21, 2011
Nathan Hauritz is out of the World Cup © Getty Images

Australia's World Cup campaign has been dealt a blow even before the squad leaves Australia, with Michael Hussey and Nathan Hauritz ruled out due to injuries. Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza will replace the pair in the 15-man squad, which flies out to India on Wednesday to defend the title under Ricky Ponting.

And if losing a key middle-order batsman and the first-choice spinner was not bad enough, Australia could not even opt for their second choices in each discipline, with Shaun Marsh and Xavier Doherty not considered due to injuries of their own. It has meant a rapid promotion for the aggressive offspinner Krejza, who made his ODI debut on Sunday, while the inclusion of Ferguson was less of a surprise given his solid performances at international level over the past couple of years.

Hussey in particular will be a massive loss, as he is the only Australian in the top ten of the ICC's one-day batting rankings, and he is a renowned finisher who can rescue the side after top-order trouble. However, the selectors decided they could not risk Hussey, who suffered a serious hamstring injury during the one-day series against England that resulted in surgery, and he conceded he would be unlikely to be fit for the first couple of World Cup matches.

Hauritz seemed a more likely candidate to make the cut, after he dislocated his shoulder while fielding during the one-day game in Hobart on January 21 and had surgery in a bid to be fit for the World Cup. He bowled in the nets on Monday and sent down a dozen deliveries at what he called 60 to 70%, but it was not enough to convince the selectors that he was worth the risk in such a big tournament.

"The National Selection Panel has determined that the best strategy to ensure a successful campaign is for Australia to enter the tournament with a fully fit squad of fifteen from the first game," the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said. "We've applied to the ICC Technical Committee for Callum Ferguson to replace Mike Hussey in the squad.

"Callum has an excellent record in one-day international cricket and played well in the one-day game against England in Sydney recently. We think he'll play well in sub-continental conditions. We've also applied to the ICC Technical Committee for Jason Krejza to replace Nathan Hauritz in the squad. Jason toured India with the Australian Test team in 2008 and understands those conditions. We're certain he'll be a key member of our squad."

Krejza picked up 2 for 53 in his debut one-day international on Sunday and, although he dragged the ball short too often and threatened to leak big runs, he will enjoy the prospect of returning to India, where he collected 12 wickets on his Test debut in 2008. He was only called up in Perth due to Doherty's back problem, which also ruled him out of replacing Hauritz, while Marsh's hamstring strain meant Ferguson got the nod.

However, there was some good news for the Australians, with Ponting and Steven Smith both deemed fit enough to fly to India, while Brad Haddin was also cleared after hurting his knee during the final ODI against England. Smith will share the spin duties with Krejza, while nothing was going to keep Ponting from his fifth World Cup.

"Ricky Ponting is going well in his rehabilitation following his finger fracture," the team physio Alex Kountouris said. "He is batting regularly and is expected to transition into unrestricted training soon after the team arrives in India.

"Brad Haddin was struck on the knee whilst batting during the seventh ODI against England. During the batting innings the knee became swollen. We expect this to resolve soon after we arrive in India. Steve Smith is making very good progress from the groin injury he sustained in the sixth ODI against England."

The Australians fly out on Wednesday and play their first of two warm-up matches on Sunday, against India in Bangalore. Their opening match of the tournament proper is against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on February 21.

Squad Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Cameron White, Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Tim Paine, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger, Shaun Tait.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by M on (February 10, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

@Dr.Qwert - at the start of the ODI series with ENG, we had to name the 15 man squad ... any changes to that squad had to get approval by the ICC and although most have been formality, requests are not guaranteed to be granted. There has to be 'exceptional circumstances' and substitutions have to be like for like. ... ... Injury is considered ok - but you may recall in last world cup one member of one of the squads wanted leave for 'personal reasons' ... that was rejected by the ICC at the time. ... ... As for Clint McKay, early on, most commentors on here mentioned that both he and Ryan Harris would have been walk up starts had they been fit and ready when the selections needed to be made... both of these guys would have been excellent selections.

Posted by David on (February 9, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

just realised krejza wasn't in the original 40 man squad, did that squad actually matter or is that why they need to apply to the ICC technical committee. anyway he'll be expensive at times but will also take wickets like the rest of our bowlers. hastings is the closest you'll get in the aus line-up to knowing what you're going to get. Clint McKay was a big big loss that no one seems to talk about.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

this is sad news mike hussey will loss will probly be the difference between winning the cup and again and not but that being said a perfect replacement in Brad Hodge with a batting avg this season of over 80 he would have been a better opposition the Ferguson i hope Australia prove me wrong and that cricket hero's are born GO AUSSIE'S

Posted by John on (February 9, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

Sweno. O'keefe is injured. Has been for weeks. Stay with the tour!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

seems most Australians are with lack of experience and most of batsman's are with lack of consistency in playing big innings . This will be great opportunity to other teams to come up with their best and snatch the Trophy..SouthAfrica , India,, SriLanka who showed better recently have good chance this time.However cricket is all about uncertainty :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

Things going to be much easier for Sri Lanka .. ;)

Posted by Peter on (February 9, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

@ Sweno - Steve O'Keefe has a calf injury at the mo, so I doubt he'd have been considered as a WC replacement. Agreed, quite talented with both and ball. He made Australia A and T20 selections this year, so I guess he's in the mix for the future.

Posted by M on (February 9, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

@mistertee - wholeheartedly agree... if you look at the leading run scorers in ODI for last 2 years (Feb 09 - Feb 11) - 5 of the top 10 players are AUS - granted that number 2 on the list is M Hussey. Watson(1); Clarke (3); Ponting (5) White(7) are still there... Dhoni is currently 4th on the list; Dilshan of SL is in 6th place deVillers, Strauss and Amla round out the top 10. ... add into that list Ferguson and D Hussey and Haddin (about 25th on the list) and this is still a potent force in world cricket... If AUS hold up the WC for a 4th consecutive time however, it will be because the bowling unit held it together... ... let's hope they do and the selectors and selection policy for each and every game, get it right on the day.

Posted by Graham on (February 9, 2011, 1:59 GMT)

Watch my typing , M.HUSSEY is not going to the WC as a player . Get over that fact and get on with the constructive part of your bellyaches . Australia has picked a team to play in India. Forget about who should have been in and who should have been out . Go with the definate and build on that . Ponting and Co are all well capable in representing their Country , they will all do the very best they can . I will barrack for everyone of the side that takes the field , and the 12th. man as well . To the representatives of my Country in the World Cup I wish you all well .

Posted by Ned on (February 9, 2011, 1:57 GMT)

@meety true.Even Hussey himself voiced those very same concerns.its a loss no doubt about it , now someone other needs to step up.Krejza and Callum Ferguson chance to shine.

Have to feel sorry for Hauritz as well , cause if anyone was hard done by this summer he was.

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