Australia add Ferguson to ODI squad
Callum Ferguson has been added to Australia's squad for the remaining two one-day games against England after Shaun Marsh became the latest casualty in Australia's batting line-up. The hosts began the series without Ricky Ponting (finger) and Michael Hussey (hamstring) and Marsh joined the injury list during the series-clinching win on Sunday when he hurt his right hamstring.
Marsh entered Sunday's game with a question-mark over his hamstring and he has been ruled out of the rest of the series after scans showed a low-grade injury, although it is still unclear how long he will be sidelined. Marsh is not part of the World Cup squad, but was viewed as the most likely candidate to be included if Hussey's recovery did not allow him to make the trip.
The problems have allowed a late-season call-up for Ferguson, who missed a year due to a serious knee injury and did not bat in his only appearance for Australia since his return, in a game against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in November. Ferguson had been gearing up to be part of South Australia's side for Saturday's Big Bash final, but will instead be pushing for a place in the Australia team.
"Callum has an excellent record in one-day internationals for Australia and is in good form this season," the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said. "We are sure Callum will seize the opportunity that comes following the unfortunate hamstring injury suffered by Shaun Marsh."
The series against England concludes with matches in Sydney on Wednesday and in Perth on Sunday, and the players have virtually no break before heading to the World Cup for their title defence. That means a call will need to be made on Hussey, who has had surgery on a serious hamstring injury he suffered during the opening ODI against England.
"At the moment it's only sort of two weeks since the surgery and basically in those two weeks I've been able to hit every target that we've set so far," Hussey told the ABC on Monday. "So that's a good start but I don't want to get too carried away. I just want to keep keep hitting my target.
"I've certainly got exercises I've got to be doing two or three times a day, physio probably three or four times a week. The first sort of week-and-a-half I was struggling a fair bit to get around but just the last four or five days it's been a lot easier to get around. I've seen some improvement everyday which has given me a lot of hope."