Sydney, March 01: How much can your fate dwindle? Ask Michael Hussey and he will answer that for you. Just days after the Australian selectors squashed off his hopes to participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, he again is in with a chance to comeback in to the gala event.
His chances of joining the Aussies in their quest for a fourth consecutive world cup title has been bolstered after the Australian selectors have delayed the plans of sending a replacement for Doug Bollinger. Though there were reports that they may send another bowler to replace the left-arm pacer, but the delay in announcing the name has led to believe that Hussey may finally get the nod ahead.
There has been much drama around Hussey's selection and exclusion from the Australian squad for the World Cup. He was the best batsman in the Aussie line-up in the Ashes and was duly picked in the final squad for the world cup. At the same time he had a serious hamstring injury, but he kept insisting that he would be fit in time for the World Cup. But the Australian selectors had none of it, and dropped him while going ahead with Ricky Ponting, who too had and still has an injured finger.
A furious Hussey was then reported to having plans of playing in a Sheffield Shield match to prove that he was match-fit and was unfairly excluded from the squad. However his participation in the was withdrawn in the last minute.
Now that another window of opportunity has opened up for Hussey, it remains to be seen if the selectors opt for him or go for another bowler. Whatever the case may be the final authority lies with ICC giving clearance to the player.
If Hussey manages to sneak through then it would be yet another remarkable instance in his career that has typified comebacks from the brink of hopelessness.