Australian domestic season 2008-09 October 9, 2008

Tait named for first-class return

Cricinfo staff


Shaun Tait is ready for his South Australia comeback © Getty Images
 

Shaun Tait is in line for his return to first-class cricket after being named in South Australia's 12-man squad for their opening Sheffield Shield match of the season. Tait walked away from cricket in January citing mental and physical exhaustion, but he made a successful one-day comeback on Australia A's recent tour of India.

The Redbacks begin their four-day campaign in Adelaide against Victoria on Tuesday. There are several new men in the South Australia line-up, including the batsman Michael Klinger and the left-arm fast bowler Allan Wise, who moved from Victoria during the off-season and will face their former team-mates.

Aaron O'Brien, the allrounder, has also been picked after he switched from New South Wales. There was no place for Mark Cosgrove in the Sheffield Shield squad as he remains on the outer following his disappointing form slump last summer.

However, Cosgrove was named in the 12-man FR Cup squad to take on Victoria on Sunday. The opener Tom Plant was the only man chosen in the Sheffield Shield group not to feature in the one-day line-up.

FR Cup squad Michael Klinger, Daniel Harris, Mark Cosgrove, Callum Ferguson, Cameron Borgas, Daniel Christian, Graham Manou (capt, wk), Aaron O'Brien, Mark Cleary, Dan Cullen, Shaun Tait, Allan Wise.

Sheffield Shield squad Daniel Harris, Tom Plant, Michael Klinger, Callum Ferguson, Cameron Borgas, Graham Manou (capt, wk), Aaron O'Brien, Mark Cleary, Dan Cullen, Paul Rofe, Shaun Tait, Allan Wise.