Melbourne, March 6: After being made to swallow the bitter pill of being dropped for the World Cup, Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey is now the recipient of a rejuvenating panacea. He has been called up to replace fast bowler Douglas Bollinger who was sent home with an ankle injury.
But the selectors are leaving nothing to chance and have also brought in paceman Dirk Nannes as back up in case a member of the pace battery gets injured mid-tournament. Nannes will train alongside the team from here on end.
Hussey was originally included in the 15-man squad but his name was withdrawn before the team flew out, as he had not yet recovered from a serious hamstring injury that required surgery. But Hussey made his comeback for Western Australia this week in a Sheffield Shield match at the WACA. With Hussey being a part-time off-break, it bolsters Australia's spin options as well to have him in the side.
"Michael has successfully recovered from major hamstring surgery and is seen as someone who is capable of assisting Australia as we strive to win this tournament," the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said. "His skill, experience, ability against spin and the fact that he provides a left-hand option in the middle order is seen as critical in our World Cup defence now that he has successfully recovered from injury."