Hussey confident over fitness
Left-hander hopes to repay "overwhelming" support he's received
Last Updated: 07/03/11 8:23am
Batsman Mike Hussey insists he has fully recovered from his hamstring injury after being called up to Australia's World Cup squad.
"Knowing I can get through the game and go with full confidence in my leg gives me a lot of confidence"
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The left-lander looked set to miss out on the tournament after concerns over his fitness led to the selectors leaving him out of the original 15-man party.
However, an injury to seamer Doug Bollinger opened up an opportunity for Cricket Australia to recall the fit-again Hussey as a replacement.
The 35-year-old proved he is ready by playing for Western Australia in Sheffield Shield action, where he made scores of 19 and 11 against Queensland.
"The first game back is always going to be tough. It was good to be out there, I didn't actually feel too bad. Just to be out there and playing again is what it's all about," Hussey said.
"The more I was out there and on it (the hamstring), the better it felt.
"Knowing I can get through the game and go with full confidence in my leg gives me a lot of confidence."
Hussey was notified of his selection at tea on the final day of the match against Queensland, shortly before he went out to bat.
He is now hoping to repay the "overwhelming" support he has received since being intially left out. His addition to the squad could see him take the place of his brother David Hussey in Australia's middle order.
"It's been overwhelming really. Not just from the media, but also my team-mates have been really supportive and also family and friends," Hussey said.
"It seems like every day, someone has come out and shown their support for me.
"I thought my dream of a World Cup was over. Now it's alive, I just can't wait to get over there."