Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that they have ruled off-spinner Nathan Hauritz and batsman Michael Hussey out of the 2011 World Cup due to injury.
CA have replaced the two players in their 15-man squad with Jason Krejza and Callum Ferguson respectively after the International Cricket Council (ICC) event technical committee cleared them to do so.
Hauritz (shoulder) and Hussey (knee) suffered injuries in the early stages of Australia's 6-1 One-Day International series win over England. Both of their direct replacements against England - Xavier Doherty and Shaun Marsh - also succumbed to injuries and were not considered for the World Cup.
There was some better news, however, as captain Ricky Ponting's recovery from a fractured finger continues to progress well and he is expected to be fully fit for the tournament, as are Brad Haddin and Steve Smith, who picked up knee and groin injuries against England.
“During the Commonwealth Bank Series we had a number of injuries to prominent players in our World Cup squad," CA National Selection Panel (NSP) chairman Andrew Hilditch confirmed.
"Specifically, both Mike Hussey (hamstring tendon rupture & repair) and Nathan Hauritz (right shoulder dislocation) suffered significant injuries both of which necessitated surgery. The National Selection Panel has received a full briefing from CA medical staff. Based on the medical advice an application is being made to the ICC to replace both players in the World Cup squad. The NSP 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.
“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.”
“Players outside the initial squad of fifteen, Shaun Marsh (hamstring strain) and Xavier Doherty (back injury) were not considered for this tour due to injury.”
Australia, who make 11/2 to win the World Cup, begin the defence of their title against Zimbabwe on 21st February in Ahmedabad and before that, they play warm-up matches against India on 13th February and South Africa on 15th February.
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