Tait out of the wilderness

The paceman nicknamed “The Wild Thing” thought he had been pigeon-holed as a Twenty20 specialist before being recalled this week for the one-day series against England.


Not that he seemed too stressed about being on the outer with his calendar full of commitments in the game’s shortest form.

“I suppose it was getting that way but I was pretty fine with it,” he said.

“I knew I was going to be playing one-day cricket for South Australia when I get home and I have been enjoying Twenty20 cricket.

“There has been a lot on, I have not stopped playing since the Australian summer. It has been OK.

“Twenty20 is a form of the game where there is enough on now.”

He’s right there.

Since the Australian summer, Tait has toured New Zealand, played in the Indian Premier League, the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and turned out for Welsh county side Glamorgan.

He would have still been playing for the Cardiff-based side if not for Australia losing a stack of fast bowlers to injury. Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus were all unavailable for this current series but it was Ryan Harris’s dodgy groin that handed Tait another shot in the 50-over format.

Tait starred in Australia’s 2007 World Cup triumph but injury problems pushed him well down the queue since his last international 50-over outing 16 months ago.

The 27-year-old is currently injury-free for the first time in eight years and the 2011 World Cup isn’t too far away.

“It is nice to be back in the squad and that the selectors are still thinking of me as a one-day cricketer,” he said.

“We have another set of fast bowlers on the sidelines at the moment that are pretty handy.

“We will see what happens.

“It will be pretty interesting to see what the set up is like leading into the World Cup.”

“For now I will just concentrate on this game and hopefully help Australia get this series.”

With Australia trailing 2-0 and on the brink of losing the five-match series before Sunday’s game three in Manchester, the tourists need Tait at his lethal best.


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