Hauritz injury plagues World Cup squad

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Hobart, Jan 21 (AFP) Uncertainty over Australia''s WorldCup squad deepened today after off-spinner Nathan Hauritzappeared to hurt his shoulder, adding to injuries plaguing theselection announced this week.

Hauritz, named on Tuesday as a member of Australia''s15-man squad for the tournament, was playing against Englandin his first game for Australia since his omission from theentire Ashes Test series.

He appeared to dislocate his right shoulder after slidingto field a ball in the outfield of the Bellerive Oval inHobart, Tasmania.

Hauritz writhed in agony on the ground for severalminutes before he was helped off the field and taken tohospital for X-rays.

The setback puts Hauritz among several injured Australianplayers now in doubt for the World Cup, complicating theselection for the tournament, which starts next month inIndia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Xavier Doherty has been Australia''s first-choice spinnerin recent times, but was overlooked for the World Cup despiteplaying on Sunday in the first match of Australia''s currentone-day international series against England.

Hauritz joins Mike Hussey on the list of injured, withthe veteran left-handed batsman in a race against time toprove his fitness after undergoing surgery this week for asevere hamstring tear.

The Australian selectors have already said a decision onHussey''s place in the squad will be left as late as possible.

Captain Ricky Ponting is also in doubt, after breaking afinger in the Ashes Test series, while allrounder CameronWhite appeared to hurt the index finger on his right handwhile batting today.

Further complicating matters for the defending World Cupchampions was a stellar innings in Hobart by Shaun Marsh, theonly man in today''s team not named in the World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old left-hander, called in to replace Husseyin today''s match, rescued the Australian innings with asparkling 110, helping Australia to 230 runs by the end oftheir innings and a 46-run victory over England. (AFP) CM

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