Last Game: Ireland v Australia ODI 2015 Only ODI Thu 27th Aug

Ireland vs Australia

Next Game: Eng v Aus T20 Only Twenty20 Mon 31st Aug

Next game - Ireland
team 1 time team 2
England vs Australia

Aussies wait on trio

Champions wait on Ponting, Hussey and Hauritz

Last Updated: 08/02/11 9:48am

  • Share:
Ponting works on his fitness with Tim Nielsen

Ponting works on his fitness with Tim Nielsen

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Australia must solve an injury crisis ahead of confirming their 15-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup which begins in two weeks time.

The reigning champions are waiting on fitness reports for three key players: Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz are struggling with finger, hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively.

Australia open their title defence on February 21 and coach Tim Nielsen has admitted he is reluctant to risk taking injured players to the tournament with the Aussies flying out on Wednesday.

Nielsen said: "I can't afford to have two, three or four guys that we're uncertain about. It means we've only got 11 fit ready to go at the start. That's the quandary we face.

"There's always a risk someone might dislocate a finger in a warm-up match or get crooked on the day of a game.

"I don't think we can expect to take two or three guys hoping they will be fit by a certain time.

"That's the hard decision we have to make. When are they going to be ready and what is the impact on the team if they're not ready for the first game or the second game?

"If we are going to replace players then we need to know if the replacements are ready to go straight away or are we better off taking the named player who might be ready at the same time? All these different things come into the equation."

  • Share:


Most Popular


Top Five: The Ashes

Top Five: The Ashes

Nasser Hussain hails fantastic Finn and brilliant Broad as he selects his top five Ashes moments.

Top Ashes catches

Top Ashes catches

We've picked the top five catches from the 2015 Investec Ashes - but which one was YOUR favourite?

Story of the Ashes

Story of the Ashes

Has it all been a misty-eyed blur? No worries - look back on the 2015 Ashes with our Test-by-Test flashbacks.