Ponting admits he''ll have to play with pain during World Cup

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Melbourne, Feb 10 (PTI) Australian captain Ricky Pontinghas conceded that he would have to play through pain duringthe entire World Cup due to his finger injury.

Ponting, who injured a left hand finger during the Ashesseries, has been included in the squad despite battling pain.

"100 per cent to me is ... if I''ve got pain, so what?"Ponting told reporters before heading off to India.

"If it can function it''s 100 per cent. That''s the wayI''ve always looked at those things. Most of the players playwith some sort of pain at different times ... It does feel alot better now," he said.

However, middle-order batsman Michael Hussey has not beenlucky enough to retain his place in the side for the eventstarting February 19.

Ponting said keeping Hussey would have been too big arisk.

"I actually don''t know (why Hussey wasn''t given moretime). I''m not sure if the selectors have answered thatquestion today or yesterday either, but I know what theselectors had spoken about - they wanted to have as many fitguys ready to go for the start of the tournament as possible,"he said.

"I think the medicos weren''t entirely sure or convincedwhen Mike''s injury was going to come right. Just theuncertainty around his recovery time was the main reason hewasn''t selected.

"I don''t think there was anything easy about squeezingMichael out of the squad, I don''t think that was an easydecision to make," he added.

Ponting said Hussey''s experience would be missed in themiddle order.

"(Michael Hussey) is a massive loss to our group," hesaid.

"He''s a class player in this form of the game ... a veryexperienced player, a leader around our group," he added.

But the skipper hoped that David Hussey would ensure thathis brother is not missed that much.

"Listening to him the other day he said he probablydidn''t make the most of his opportunity last time around, andthis time to me he looks a better and more composed and moreconfident player," Ponting said.

"He''s been able to win a couple of games with a couple ofvery solid knocks for us," he added.

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