World of hope for Hauritz

AUSTRALIA won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.

Injured off-spinner Nathan Hauritz is doing his best to make sure he can play his part in defending that crown.

The former Hervey Bay junior wasn’t in the team when the tournament was held in the West Indies four years ago, but he’s determined to be in the one that heads off to the Cup which will be co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka later this month.

The 29-year-old Hauritz is well on the road to recovery following arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated shoulder a couple of weeks ago.

Hauritz, who has played in 58 one-day internationals since making his debut against South Africa in 2002, went under the knife after injuring his bowling shoulder while fielding during the one-day clash with England in Hobart.

Australia needs Hauritz fit after spinning all-rounder Steve Smith was added to a growing injury list yesterday.

Smith suffered a hip strain while fielding in the one-day clash against England at the SCG on Wednesday and needed a runner while batting during Australia’s innings.

He will miss the final game of the series against England in Perth.

Xavier Doherty, who was called into the Australian squad to replace Hauritz for the series, is also out after he pulled up lame with back pain during the Australia Day clash at the Adelaide Oval.

That caused him to miss the game in Brisbane on Sunday and he’s showing no signs of improving yet.

While Doherty is struggling, Hauritz, who played his club cricket for Cavaliers while he was growing up in the Whale City, said his battle to get fit for the subcontinent was on track.

“The recovery is going really well,” Hauritz said from Sydney yesterday.

“My shoulder is still sore but it’s improving greatly every day.

“I have bowled a couple of times this week which has been promising.”

Does that mean Hauritz thinks he might be available for Australia’s first World Cup match against Zimbabwe on February 21?

“I have no doubt that I will be right for the World Cup,” he said.

“The only thing is other injuries and whether they (the Australian selectors) can risk taking me – I hope they do.

“In the meantime, I’ll just carry on doing what I am and have the rehabilitation sessions three or four times a day.

“It’s just a waiting game at this stage.”

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