Australia applied to Cricket World Cup organizers for permission to replace injured batsman Mike Hussey and spin bowler Nathan Hauritz in its 15-man squad.
Cricket Australia said today it sought approval for Callum Ferguson to replace Hussey and Jason Krejza to take Hauritz’s spot. Hussey was ruled out with a hamstring tendon injury and Hauritz by a shoulder dislocation.
Selectors “determined that the best strategy to ensure a successful campaign is for Australia to enter the tournament with a fully fit squad of fifteen from the first game,” Chairman of Selectors Andrew Hilditch said in an e-mailed statement.
Captain Ricky Ponting is “going well” in his rehabilitation following a finger fracture, Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris added.
Australia starts its bid to win a fourth straight World Cup title Feb. 21 against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad. The tournament will be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from Feb. 19 to April 2.