Hussey Called Up For Cricket World Cup Duty
Australia have named experienced batsman Michael Hussey as the replacement player for Doug Bollinger in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squad.
Bollinger was ruled out of the tournament early on with an ankle injury although Cricket Australia (CA) decided not to make a quick replacement, giving Hussey time to recover from a knee injury.
The National Selection Panel (NSP) eventually decided to go with Hussey instead of fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Dirk Nannes, who were also in contention.
Nannes, however, will travel to India as a standby player, CA confirmed.
"The NSP has decided to replace Doug Bollinger with Michael Hussey in the Australian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Michael has successfully recovered from major hamstring surgery and is seen as someone who is capable of assisting Australia as we strive to win this tournament.
"His skill, experience, ability against spin and the fact that he provides a left-hand option in the middle order is seen as critical in our World Cup defence now that he has successfully recovered from injury.
"The NSP has also announced that Dirk Nannes will travel to India as a standby fast bowler.
"Dirk will train with the Australian World Cup squad and be fit, available and acclimatised in the event of an injury to a fast bowler, in particular a new-ball fast bowler, in the final stages of this tournament.
"Dirk has been in excellent form and played a critical role in Victoria’s recent Ryobi Cup victory and will be an excellent replacement bowler in the event of injury to a key opening bowler."
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