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Mike Hussey, Hauritz out of WC

Associated Press
Feb 08, 2011 at 11:04am IST

Sydney: Injured batsman Mike Hussey and spinner Nathan Hauritz have been ruled out of Australia's squad for the cricket World Cup starting later this month in the subcontinent.

Cricket Australian announced Tuesday that Hussey had not recovered from a torn hamstring and Hauritz had not recovered after dislocating his right shoulder in a one-day match against England last month.

Callum Ferguson and spin bowler Jason Krejza have been drafted into the 15-man squad, which is due to leave Wednesday for India.

Australia's Mike Hussey, Hauritz out of WC

Injured duo will be replaced by Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza.

The three-time defending champion Australians will play warmup matches against India and South Africa before its opening World Cup match against Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad on February 21.

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," chief selector Andrew Hilditch said.

Both players underwent surgery in bids to be fit for the World Cup, although their chances of recovering in time were never high.

"Callum has an excellent record in one-day international cricket and played well in the limited-overs match against England in Sydney recently. We think he'll play well in subcontinental conditions," Hilditch said. "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."

The Australian squad has been plagued by injuries, with skipper Ricky Ponting only just recovering from a broken finger which has sidelined him all this year. Other potential squad members Shaun Marsh and spinner Xavier Doherty weren't considered due to injuries which forced them out of all or part of the 6-1 ODI series win over England.

Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Ponting was recovering well.

"He is batting regularly and is expected to transition into unrestricted training soon after the team arrives in India," Kountouris said, adding that Brad Haddin was expected to overcome a knock on the knee during the seventh ODI against England and Steve Smith was making good progress from a groin strain.

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