Australia without Hussey and Hauritz for World Cup

Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey

Australia have lost two key players to injury in the run up to the World Cup in match winner Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz.

Hussey, Australias best player in the Ashes, has ruptured a hamstring while their top spinner, Hauritz dislocated his finger playing against England in the ODI series.

The Australians have called by Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza as replacements for the pair.

Ricky Ponting is also an injury concern, having broken in a finger in the fourth Ashes test against England, although he expects to be fit again for the tournament that starts later this month.

“It’s a lot better now than it was last week,” said Ponting. “I’ve been back in the nets this week.

“I’ve had three good hits, so it’s actually probably a bit further advanced than I thought it would be.”

In slightly better news for Australian fans, All rounder Shane Watson, who almost single handidly one the ODI series between England and Australia is fit, after only being rested for the final game of the series.

Australia won the last World Cup and will be hoping to retain their title this time round.

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