Hussey, Hauritz out of World Cup

Expert batsman Mike Hussey and spinner Nathan Hauritz have been forced out of Australia's World Cup squad by injury. They will be replaced in the 15-man squad by young South Australian batsman Callum Ferguson and Tasmanian tweaker Jason Krejza.Hussey was ruled out with a hamstring tendon injury and Hauritz by a shoulder dislocation, with selectors deciding it was not worth taking the risk with players below full fitness."The National Selection Panel has strong-minded that the best strategy to ensure a victorious movement is for Australia to enter the tournament with a fully fit squad of 15 from the first game," chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.

Hilditch said Krejza, who made his one-day international debut against England at the WACA on Sunday, would be helped by having earlier played in India. He took 12 wickets in his Test debut in India in 2008, but after playing one more Test later that year, had not represented Australia again until Sunday."Jason toured India with the Australian Test team in 2008 and understands those circumstances. We're certain he'll be a key member of our squad," Hilditch said. He said 26-year-old Ferguson, who averages 44 in his 28 previous one-day internationals, was picked on the basis of his past performances for Australia.

"Callum has an excellent record in one-day international cricket and played well in the one-day game against England in Sydney recently," he said."We think he'll play well in sub continental circumstances."The Australian squad departs for India on Wednesday night. Hilditch said in-form West Australian batsman Shaun Marsh and left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty were not considered as replacements due to their own injury concerns. In brighter news, team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said other squad members who had been under slight injury clouds were moving ahead well.

Squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Cameron White, Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Tim Paine, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger, Shaun Tait.


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