The team, which is due to leave for the tournament on Wednesday, will be doing so without the likes of Michael Hussey and Natan Hauritz. They have been replaced by Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza.
Though the inclusion of Ferguson was not much of a surprise, this will be the World Cup debut for Krejza, who is said to be an aggressive off spinner, who made his first ODI appearance last Sunday.
Pundits have described the absence of Hussey as a massive loss to Australia given that he is the only Australian who currently ranks in the top 10 of the ICC’s One Day Batting ratings. Hussey recently suffered a hamstring injury during the One Day series against England and was forced to undergo surgery, and has therefore been ruled unfit for the tournament.
Hauritz meanwhile, dislocated his shoulder while fielding during the One Day game in Hobart last month. After undergoing surgery, he appeared in the nets on Monday but selectors were not convinced that it was worth the risk including him in the final squad.
Meanwhile the West Indies Cricket team will have to dig deep down into its reservoir of talent to deliver a commendable performance at this month’s Cricket World Cup.
The Caribbean side is scheduled to start its campaign against the South Africans on February 24th in Delhi. West Indies have been drawn in Group B and in addition to South Africa they must also face the Netherlands on February 28th, Bangladesh on March 4th, Ireland on March 11th, England on March 17 and India on March 20th.