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'We will look to get our confidence back'

Hussey fills in as skipper after regular captain Ricky Ponting was rested due to a sore back to get fit in time for the World Cup.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2007 19:02 IST

Jolted by the reversal against England, Australia will look to regain some confidence ahead of the World Cup under stand-in skipper Mike Hussey in the Chappell-Hadlee series in New Zealand.

Hussey fills in as skipper after regular captain Ricky Ponting was rested due to a sore back to get fit in time for the World Cup starting next month in the Caribbean.

Vice-captain Adam Gilchrist will also miss the short New Zealand tour for personal reasons.

"It's a great honour (captaincy) and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," Hussey was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun.

"I just want us to focus on playing well in this Chappell-Hadlee series and we are looking to win the series."

"We don't want to focus on the World Cup and look too far ahead like that. The team is excited, we have had a huge summer here in Australia but we are looking forward to getting away and playing some good cricket."

"Trying to change the momentum a little bit and get our confidence back a little bit, but I am sure we'll put in an excellent showing over there," he said.

England posted two consecutive victories against Australia to emerge winners of the the tri-series.

The Australian batting order will be revamped in New Zealand with regular one-day opener Gilchrist and No.3 Ponting both absent.

Vice-captain Michael Clarke is also under a fitness cloud with a hip complaint and his NSW teammate Phil Jaques is travelling with the team on standby. The first match of the Chappell-Hadlee series is in Wellington on Friday.