While England are grappling with a whole slew of injuries, Australia have problems of their own in that regard. The side from down under's most experienced current off-spinner Nathan Hauritz has been ruled out of the World Cup with a dislocated shoulder, along with premier batsman Michale Hussey who hasn't recovered from a significant hamstring strain.
Even their second choices for each discipline - Shaun Marsh and Xavier Doherty are out with injuries of their own. So slectors have decided to go with Jason Krejza as the spinning specialist, even though he made his debut only recently and Callum Ferguson, owing to his solid performances at the international level over the last couple of years.
Hussey's omisssion is a major set-back to Australia's chances of retaining the World Cup because he has developed quite a reputation as a match-finisher who can also rescue his side in the event of top-order trouble. Furthermore, Hussey is the only player from Australia currently in the ICC's top ten one-day batsmen.
Hauritz seemed the more likely of the two of securing his place in the side as he had even undergone surgery to relocate his shoulder. But his performance in the nets on Monday, Feb 7, wasn't enough to convince selectors of risking him in the World Cup.
Meanwhiler, Ricky Ponting's progress from a fractured finger has been going smoothly."Ricky Ponting is going well in his rehabilitation following his finger fracture," the team physio Alex Kountouris said. "He is batting regularly and is expected to transition into unrestricted training soon after the team arrives in India."