Stosur to lead Australian Fed Cup charge against Spain

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia are pinning their hopes on Samantha Stosur to lead her team to the brink of a Fed Cup World Group berth with victory over Spain this weekend.

The world number 11 has been named along with Casey Dellacqua, Alicia Molik and doubles specialist Rennae Stubbs for the first-round Group II tie in Adelaide.

Australia have not played in the top tier since 2003 and have lost their last seven ties against Spain, who were dumped from the World Group last year.

Spain have named Anabel Medina Garrigues, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Carla Suarez Navarro and Nuria Llagostera Vives, with the winner entering a play-off for a spot in the World Group.

"This should be the team that should be able to get us through, get us back to the world group where we belong," Stubbs told Australian media.

(Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien)