first_imgMichael Hussey says his axing from Australia’s squad for the cricket World Cup was premature and he could have overcome a hamstring injury to play in the later stages of the tournament.Hussey was dropped from the squad on Tuesday along with spinner Nathan Haurtiz but said he should have been given more of an opportunity to prove his fitness.He cited the example of all-rounder Andrew Symonds who was picked for the 2007 World Cup despite a serious arm injury. Symonds recovered to play a vital role for the team that went on to win the tournament.”The precedent has sort of been set from the last time with Andrew Symonds,” Hussey said Wednesday. “He came in about the third or the fourth game in the previous World Cup and played a really big part in our team, he was an important part of the team.”I was hoping that would be the same sort of thing for me really – that they’d give me every chance to have a crack at it at least. I thought I could push for the second game and definitely be right for the third game.”Hussey’s only chance of being a part of Australia’s campaign at this month’s World Cup is if another player is injured.”I feel like I maybe deserved that chance to have a bit of a go at it, but they obviously saw differently so it’s disappointing,” he said.”It probably just shows that you can’t look too far ahead. You’ve just got to try and enjoy every opportunity you get to play for Australia – every tournament, every World Cup, every game that you get. You’ve got to enjoy every one because it can sort of all end pretty quickly.”advertisementThe Australian team was to fly out Wednesday, hoping to achieve it’s fourth-straight World Cup win.In a column in The Australian newspaper on Wednesday, Australia captain Ricky Ponting said the loss of Hussey and Hauritz might “have a silver lining.””While their experience will be missed, it is important to remember that our one-day side has just completed an imposing 6-1 series win over England without a number of our regular players for most or all of the tournament,” Pointing said.”So, when we board the plane this evening bound for India to defend our proud World Cup record, the 15-man squad will be brimming with confidence.”While nothing will reduce the disappointment of losing the Ashes this summer, the turnaround could not have been more complete during the one-day series. And the late addition of Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza to our squad yesterday (as replacements for Hussey and Hauritz) sees two players who are comfortable with their game.”Ponting said both Ferguson and Krejza had been in good form.”Callum was a regular and exciting member of the one-day team until he sustained a terrible knee injury that forced him to miss all of last season,” he said.”And Jason is returning to the country where he had so much success, claiming a remarkable 12 wickets during his test debut in Nagpur a little over two years ago.”Ponting said his own recovery from a broken finger was ahead of schedule.”There was a setback when it became infected, so just putting my left hand in my pocket or accidentally bumping my little finger became more painful than holding a bat,” he said.”However, most of the infection is now gone and I had three net sessions last week, which went really well.”last_img

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