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Cricket World Cup: Hussey shocked at Australia omission

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Dates: 19 February-2 April Venues: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
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Mike Hussey
Hussey is nicknamed 'Mr Cricket' because of his enduring passion for the game

Mike Hussey has said he is shocked to not make Australia's World Cup squad.

The batsman, 35, was initially selected despite rupturing his hamstring in a one-dayer against England last month.

But Cricket Australia's selectors have decided they are not prepared to take a chance on Hussey recovering in time, replacing him with Callum Ferguson.

"I tried to push my case forward. I maybe deserved a chance to have a go, but they obviously saw differently so it's disappointing," said Hussey.

"I'm really disappointed and a bit shocked by the news."

"I said I would really push [to be fit] by the second game and definitely [be] 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."

The Western Australia left-hander also felt the selectors had not given him a chance to recover from injury, as they did with all-rounder Andrew Symonds for the 2007 World Cup.

"The precedent had sort of been set at the last one with Andrew Symonds," Hussey said.


"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."

Hussey was under pressure for his place in the Australia side for the Ashes at the start of the summer.

But his innings of 195 in Brisbane and 116 in Perth were among the few highlights of the 3-1 series defeat for the hosts.

"This just shows you can't look too far ahead... it can all end pretty quickly," added Hussey, who has scored 4,469 runs in 151 one-day internationals at an average of 51.96 but only made 87 runs in six innings at the last World Cup in 2007.

Australia, winners of the last three World Cups, leave for the tournament - which will be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka - on Wednesday ahead of their first Group A match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on 21 February.

Check all the Cricket World Cup 2011 fixtures right here.

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Cricket World Cup 2011 squads
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