Langer ruled out

Brisbane, November 1:

Injured Justin Langer was ruled out of Thursday’s first Test against the West Indies making way for Mike Hussey to make his Test debut for Australia. Langer completed a two-hour fielding session and batted in the nets before he was ruled out.

Hussey will open the innings with Matthew Hayden and will play in his first Test match after displaying outstanding form in one-dayers. Langer, who has played 53 consecutive matches since winning a recall for the Oval Test of the 2001 Ashes tour of England, trained with the squad at here on Tuesday.

The 94-Test veteran has been advised to rest for a week and may be available for the second Test in Hobart starting on November 17. Langer broke a rib when he was struck while batting for Western Australia in a one-day match against Victoria last weekend.

Hussey has scored 15,313 first-class runs. No Australian has made more first-class runs before making Test debut. He has scored 494 runs 18 ODIs and averaged 55.46 in the Sheffield Shield last season. Lan-ger was on track to app-ear in his 100th Test in the third Test against South Africa in January, but will now have to celebrate the milestone overseas.