Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ponting Queries Hussey Decision

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ponting Queries Hussey Decision

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AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting has admitted he is not entirely sure why selectors were not prepared to give injured veteran Mike Hussey more time to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

A devastated Hussey, who had surgery to repair his injured hamstring last month, was replaced by Callum Ferguson in Australia's 15-man squad on Tuesday.

The reigning champions took an injured Andrew Symonds to the 2007 World Cup, with the big Queenslander missing the opening two matches before returning for the business end of the tournament.

And while former Durham batsman Hussey concedes he would have missed for the first two clashes against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, he is adamant he would have been available for the third match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. "I actually don't know," Ponting said when asked why Hussey was not afforded the same luxury as Symonds.

"I'm not sure if the selectors have answered that question. But I know what the selectors had spoken about and they wanted to have as many fit guys ready to go for the start as possible. …

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