Hussey shocked at exclusion

Australia batsman feels he could have been fit for World Cup

Last Updated: 09/02/11 8:34am

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Hussey: Thought he could be fit

Hussey: Thought he could be fit

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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.

Disappointed

"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."

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