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Injuries rule out Hauritz and Hussey

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Callum Ferguson, pictured, has replaced Mike Hussey in Australia's World Cup squad, while Jason Krejza comes in for Nathan Hauritz

Nathan Hauritz and Mike Hussey will miss the World Cup after the ICC approved Cricket Australia's application to replace the injured duo.

Spinner Hauritz has a dislocated shoulder and middle-order batsman Hussey a hamstring injury, and, although they were both named in the 15-man squad to travel to the sub-continent, their places have now been taken by Jason Krejza and Callum Ferguson.

Krejza made his one-day debut in Sunday's win over England in Perth and benefits from an injury to second-choice spinner Xavier Doherty, while the absence of the injured Shaun Marsh means Ferguson has got the nod to replace Hussey.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said: “During the Commonwealth Bank Series we had a number of injuries to prominent players in our World Cup squad.

“Specifically, both Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz suffered significant injuries both of which necessitated surgery.

“The national selection panel has received a full briefing from CA medical staff. Based on the medical advice an application is being made to the ICC to replace both players in the World Cup squad.”

The ICC's event technical committee duly approved the application today.

There is better news for captain Ricky Ponting, though, with physio Alex Kountouris confirming his broken finger is healing according to schedule.

Brad Haddin and Steven Smith are also expected to recover from their respective knee and groin injuries ahead of the tournament.

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