Melbourne (Agencies): After omission from the World Cup squad, Australian player Mike Hussey said he was frustrated at not being given an opportunity to regain his fitness.

The 35-year-old Hussey said he should have been given time to prove his fitness for later matches- a freedom similar to that offered to Symonds in the Caribbean four years ago. 

'The precedent has sort of been set from the last time with Andrew Symonds. He came in about the third or fourth game in the previous World Cup and played a really big part in our team. He was an important part of the team,' Hussey told Fox Sports. 

'I was sort hoping that would be the same sort of thing for me really, that they'd give me every chance to have a crack at it really.' 

The middle order batsman was replaced in Australia's 15-man squad after having surgery on a hamstring tendon about three weeks ago. The veteran left-hander had declared himself available for all but first two Australia matches -- against Zimbabwe (Feb 21) and against New Zealand (Feb 25).