Australia lose injured Hauritz
Nathan Hauritz’s one-day series looks to be over after he dislocated a shoulder during Australia’s win over England in Hobart.
The off-spinner sustained the injury sliding to field the ball in the latter stages of the 46-run run triumph at the Bellerive Oval.
He was helped from the field in obvious pain while protecting his right arm, before being taken to hospital.
If pace bowler Shaun Tait is expected to miss only the third ODI in Sydney on Sunday with a thigh problem which also forced him off, but stand-in captain Michael Clarke fears Hauritz will play no further part in the seven-match series.
“Haury has a dislocation and he’ll have scans tomorrow to see how bad that is,” Clarke said. “I think more than likely he’s going to struggle to take any more part in this series.
“With Shaun, it’s his upper thigh. He’ll have a scan tomorrow but we’re hoping it’s not too bad. We’re confident he’ll be okay. He might not be okay for Sunday, though.”
Hauritz was playing his first game for Australia this summer after being overlooked for the Ashes, but was this week named as the only specialist spinner in the World Cup squad.
“For this to happen now I feel for him,” added Clarke, who nonetheless is hopeful he will recover in time for the tournament on the sub-continent, which starts on February 19.
“Anytime anyone gets injured it’s a loss. They are disappointed personally, especially someone like Haury who has had to go back to first-class cricket where he’s been playing really well.
“It is a setback, though, because you want to keep playing as much cricket as you can and get as much form under your belt as possible.
“Hopefully he’ll be right for the World Cup - he’ll play a big part in that.”
The injuries add to Australia’s concerns ahead of the World Cup with skipper Ricky Ponting still recovering from a broken finger suffered during the Ashes.
Fellow batsman Mike Hussey is a serious doubt after he underwent surgery on a hamstring tear suffered in the opening one-dayer against England last Sunday.