MIKE Hussey and Nathan Hauritz are out of this month’s cricket World Cup after selectors decided they were too much of an injury risk.
They will be replaced by South Australian batsman Callum Ferguson and spin bolter Jason Krejza in the 15-man squad which is aiming for Australia’s fourth successive World Cup title.
Australia decided it could not carry Hussey (hamstring tendon rupture) and Hauritz (right shoulder dislocation) as skipper Ricky Ponting (finger injury), wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (knee) and Steve Smith (groin) are also struggling.
“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,” selection boss Andrew Hilditch said.
“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 leaves tomorrow for the tournament in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh