Hussey shocked at exclusion
Australia batsman feels he could have been fit for World Cup
Last Updated: 09/02/11 8:34am
Hussey: Thought he could be fit
Mike Hussey has admitted his surprise at being replaced in Australia's World Cup squad despite feeling able to recover from a hamstring injury.
The left-handed batsman, who was the top run-scorer for Australia in the recent Ashes series, tore his hamstring in a one-dayer against England in January.
Selectors chose not to take a risk on his recovery ahead of the tournament and he was replaced in the 15-man squad by Callum Ferguson on Tuesday.
And Hussey was left disappointed by the decision, saying that he would likely be match fit by Australia's third game of the six-week long tournament.
"I'm really disappointed and a bit shocked by the news," the 35-year-old told Fox Sports.
"I tried to push my case forward. I said I would really push (to be fit) by the second game and definitely right by the third game but it's not a risk the selectors wanted to take. It's a pretty hard pill to swallow, that's for sure."
Hussey, who averages 51.96 in one-day internationals, pointed to Andrew Symonds' selection in 2007 despite going into the tournament injured to back-up his point.
He added: "The precedent had sort of been set at the last one with Andrew Symonds.
"He came in for the third or fourth game and played a really big part in our team. I was hoping that it would be the same sort of thing for me, they'd give me every chance to have a crack at it at least."