India in Australia 2015-16 January 19, 2016

A privilege to be called-up at this stage of career - Tait

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Shaun Tait bowled with plenty of gas in the Big Bash League, taking 10 wickets in eight matches © Getty Images

Fast bowler Shaun Tait had planned to spend Australia day with a few beers at a pub in Port Elliot in South Australia, but is now in the selection mix for the T20s against India starting January 26 at the Adelaide Oval, after getting his first international call-up in five years.

"Like I said on the social media, I was going to a pub to have a few beers at Port Elliot," Tait said. "That's probably the second place, this is probably the first place (with the Australia team) I would rather be."

Tait, who further joked that his old Australia shirt had got loose and doesn't fit him, lends pace and firepower to a bowling group hit by injuries and the retirement of Mitchell Johnson. Pat Cummins (back), Nathan Coulter-Nile (shoulder) and James Pattinson (shin) have all joined Mitchell Starc (ankle) on the injury list.

Having last played an international match in 2011, Tait admitted that some injuries and good fortune paved way for his comeback, and termed it a privilege to be called up at this stage of his career.

"It was a nice phone call the other day from Rod (Marsh)," he said. "Very pleased... It is quite special actually. Even if it is one game or two games or three games or whatever it is, or if it is more than that, fantastic.

"I suppose I feel pretty privileged, honestly, to be called in at this stage of my career. And obviously with a few injuries around, it has been timing and probably a little bit lucky. But you go through a career, you have bad luck and good luck. This is a good luck one for me and I will take it."

Tait also reckoned that his Big Bash stint with new franchise Hobart Hurricanes, for whom he played all eight matches taking 10 wickets at 24.70, held him in good stead. Tait's economy rate was nearly eight an over, but he often hit speeds north of 150kph and troubled the opposition.

"Hobart is pretty easy going and suits me a fair bit. Not saying Adelaide doesn't. I just had a good time...I just felt really good through the tournament. I didn't do anything different. I was not in any better shape to any other year. I was just injury free.

"I am going to try and play as long as I can. That's for sure. Whether it is for one year or four years, I don't know. And things work in your favour, in same games I have been whacked for 50 but I probably had enough consistent games of decent form to be picked."

Tait said that the three-match T20 series against India was an audition for the World T20 and hoped to do well. "It is a bit of audition for a few guys; not just me, but a few of the younger batsmen as well," Tait said. The ball is in my court. If I get a game, run in and bowl well and take wickets and we win, I suppose I'm a realistic chance."

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  • suresh on January 25, 2016, 9:30 GMT

    it will be a night mare for the batsman if tait and starc bowl in tandem. Tait was consider to be a potential alternative for starc. As starc is going to miss the T20 world cup, this guys is going to be Australians' main weapon.

  • Patrick on January 25, 2016, 5:26 GMT

    Awesome mate. Great to see the slinger back. Shaun the Tait is back after a long wait! Now knock them over albeit with a lower economy of course.

  • sri on January 22, 2016, 19:17 GMT

    I think I last heard about this guy in 2011 WC. Wonder if any of the aussie fans remember this guy.

  • Alex on January 20, 2016, 16:37 GMT

    @KANGROOS.PROTEAS.MONKEYS.LIONS - Tait doesn't exactly run in with a Zimmer frame! I can't wait to see how the "youth" in India's team handle his fiery pace and bowling smarts. We may likely see regular nappy changes at the crease!

  • rick on January 20, 2016, 2:54 GMT

    good selection. Always great to watch Tait bowl

  • Omarr on January 19, 2016, 23:31 GMT

    Australia did this with Hodge and Hogg in the last T20 WC as well. Good to see such recalls.

  • Maksud on January 19, 2016, 21:30 GMT

    Well Done mate. I am an Indian fan but equally happy for you. 160km/hr, here we go

  • Harold on January 19, 2016, 20:27 GMT

    Its nice to see a genuine fast bowler given a chance to change whats is starting to become a boring slogfest ,good luck and I hope there is at least some life in the pitches to actually make the games a contest

  • Peter on January 19, 2016, 15:12 GMT

    That slingshot action will freak a few who have not faced him. Its a good call given we are missing Starc, Cummins or Pattinson all who can do 150 plus. Would be lovely to see Rohit or Kohli or SD cope with his bouncers. Hope he now has the control needed.

    Eight an over is fine if he knocks a few nogs at 150 plus at home. It will come useful during the WC if we cannot have Starc. Good luck mate

  • Tahir on January 19, 2016, 14:38 GMT

    Why Aussies calling discarded players now. They should not underestimate indian players' T20 obsession. This might backfire for aussies as a new talent should have been given a chance from BBL. This like providing the opposition a weak link.

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