Tuesday 18 January 2011 

Hussey Undergoes Surgery, Marsh Called Up

Hussey Undergoes Surgery, Marsh Called Up
Hussey Undergoes Surgery, Marsh Called Up
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Left-hand batsman Shaun Marsh has replaced Michael Hussey in Australia's One-Day International squad after Hussey was forced to undergo surgery on his injured hamstring.

Hussey has undergone surgery to repair a partial tear to his left hamstring, an injury he suffered in the first ODI against England in Melbourne and he now faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.

"Whilst the injury appeared to be minor at the time and soon after the game, scans have since revealed that he has avulsed one of the hamstring tendons from the attachment point at inner side of his knee," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountaris said.

"As such, Michael had corrective surgery today. The recovery time and availability for the World Cup will be dependent on his progress with the rehabilitation program in the coming weeks."

Marsh, who has played 29 ODIs and averages 37.10, comes into the side having showed strong form in domestic cricket this summer.

"Shaun Marsh will come into the squad for Mike Hussey for the next three games," National Selection Panel chairman Andrew Hilditch added.

"Shaun can bat at the top of the order and also in the middle order if required. Shaun showed against England at Lord's earlier this year that he has the ability to win an ODI game with the bat and this gives him another opportunity for Australia."

The second ODI is in Hobart on 21st January.