Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Hussey will work as a consultant to the Proteas during the six-week tournament, with the 39-year-old to attend training sessions and give advice on how to play in Australian conditions.
“We’ve had some discussions with Mike Hussey about him joining us on a consultancy process,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo told CA.
“He’s a middle order batter of immense experience and knows conditions very well in Australia.
“He’ll play a very low-key role in the background.”
The batsman retired from international cricket two years ago, but still features in the T20 form of the game both in the Big Bash and Indian Premier Leagues.
South Africa opens its World Cup campaign against Zimbabwe on February 15 in Hamilton.