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Hauritz and Tait add to World Cup injury problems

Treatment: Hauritz suffered an injury to his bowling shoulder

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Australia's injury problems have worsened ahead of the World Cup with bowlers Nathan Hauritz and Shaun Tait both leaving the field during their 46-run victory over England in the second one-day international.

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"We're confident that they'll both be right for the World Cup."

Michael Clarke

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Both men are part of the 15-man World Cup squad, which already contained injured batsmen Ricky Ponting (finger) and Mike Hussey (hamstring).

Hauritz, the only spinner named for the February 19-April 2 showpiece in the subcontinent, was taken to hospital for an X-ray after dislocating his right shoulder while sliding in the outfield.

Fragile paceman Tait also failed to finish the match, limping off with a left thigh problem mid-way through his sixth over, having only just recovered from back stiffness.

"More than likely, he's (Hauritz) going to struggle to take any more part in this series," said stand-in skipper Michael Clarke after the match.

"Shaun (Tait), I think it's his upper thigh or glute. He'll have a scan tomorrow as well but we're hoping that's not too bad.

"We're confident he'll be okay, (although) he mightn't be okay for Sunday (third ODI against England in Sydney).

"We're confident that they'll both be right for the World Cup. It is a setback though."


The selectors, who can replace any injured player prior to the start of the tournament, now face a tricky balancing act.

Captain Ponting is expected to recover from surgery on the little finger of his left hand prior to the start of the tournament but Hussey's prognosis is less positive.

The experienced left-hander underwent a hamstring operation on Wednesday and Cricket Australia admit they cannot put a date on his return.

Australia, bidding for a fourth consecutive World Cup triumph, are drawn in Group A alongside Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.