Skip­per tips Hussey to miss out on Cup call- up

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AUS­TRALIA’S World Cup skip­per Ricky Ponting ex­pects a pace bowler to be cho­sen to re­place the in­jured Doug Bollinger, de­spite spec­u­la­tion Mike Hussey will be re­called.

Vet­eran bats­man Hussey, 35, was con­tro­ver­sially over­looked for se­lec­tion for the six-week tour­na­ment on the sub­con­ti­nent be­cause of ham­string surgery.

But the left-han­der re­turned to ac­tion in a Shield game for West­ern Aus­tralia against Queens­land in Perth, scor­ing 19 yes­ter­day.

Aus­tralia play a World Cup Group A game against Sri Lanka in Colombo to­day and Ponting pre­dicts se­lec­tors will make an an­nounce­ment soon af­ter­wards re­gard­ing a re­place­ment player.

Af­ter beat­ing Zim­babwe and New Zealand and then tak­ing on Sri Lanka, Aus­tralia face Kenya and Canada in Ban­ga­lore on March 13 and 16 re­spec­tively be­fore re­turn­ing to Colombo to face Pak­istan three days later.

Hussey’s se­lec­tion would add a left-han­der to Aus­tralia’s top seven bats­men, who are cur­rently all right-han­ders, but would un­bal­ance the 15-man squad with no back-up quick apart from medium-pacer John Hast­ings.

Vic­to­ria left-arm quick Dirk Nannes is one of the lead­ing can­di­dates to re­place Bollinger if se­lec­tors go for a ‘‘ like-for-like’’ re­place­ment.

‘‘ There’s prob­a­bly go­ing to be a chance Mike might come,’’ Ponting said.

‘‘ It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how he gets through that ( four-day Perth) game.

‘‘ I guess prob­a­bly one of the rea­sons se­lec­tors have waited un­til af­ter this game is to see how all the fast bowlers who are here are ac­tu­ally get­ting through their work­loads.

‘‘ I prob­a­bly still ex­pect that it’s more likely to be a bowler than a bat­ter.’’

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