Australian news October 22, 2010

Ponting dreams of Lee and Tait at World Cup

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Ricky Ponting knows it's a big ask but he hopes Brett Lee and Shaun Tait will be part of his World Cup attack in February. Lee, who has not played for Australia in more than a year, is back in New South Wales' side following elbow surgery, while Tait was forced to have an operation on his arm following the Champions League Twenty20.

Both players are now one-day specialists and Ponting would love them to be at the World Cup. "Brett, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson together could be key bowlers in those subcontinental conditions," he told the Australian. "It would be pretty exciting as a captain to have them to call on. Hopefully, Tait and Lee can both be right."

Lee, who has 324 victims in 186 ODIs, took two wickets in his first match back with the Blues on Sunday and is aiming for an international recall for the series against Sri Lanka starting on October 31. "Let's hope he is ready to go," Ponting said. "He could be a big player for us in the World Cup provided his body holds up between now and then."

Doug Bollinger (stomach), Ryan Harris (knee), Peter Siddle (back), James Pattinson (back) and Josh Hazlewood (back) are all in various stages of recovery, adding to the fast-bowling issues facing the selectors. The last time Lee was with the national side was in the West Indies before the World Twenty20, but he returned home early. Ponting is not concerned by Lee's long absence.

"Brett has always looked after his body well," he said. "I know he will be fit and strong. He was last time he came back after a layoff, but unfortunately another part of his body gave way. Still, it will be a big effort."

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  • on October 24, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I want to see a full strength Australia show up at the World Cup to defend their title

  • DesiCricketfan on October 24, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    @third_Gear, Please accept my apologies not to mention other countries. My point is no matter what kind of cricket we play 50-50 WC is still the biggest event and if all the countries and captains are taking precautions that is good. I wrote this due to several players from india missed out in WC 20-20. I think global and you do not have to yell. Every country want to take home world cup and if you, me and any other fan is thinking about that, there is nothing wrong in that. If you carefully read all the comments I made you will understand that I meant globally not desi.Desi is my ID and FYI I am proud of being a desi atleast i think good for every team. Once again let us have fun and watch the best team wins. No matter who that team is , IND,AUS,NZ,PAK,ZIM,BAN,WI,SA,IRE,ENG ETC. Good luck to all the teams and specially good luck to you and your team.

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    But what is the point. both of them are equal to hopeless in subcontinent wickets. no bounce no pace in wickets to assist them. if im ricky, ill worry less about these two and concentrate on hawritz, bolliger, johnson as my 3 strike bowlers.

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    it will be great to see the speed demons back..............

  • Third_Gear on October 23, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    @DesiCricketfan :: India hopes for Zaheer,.... Dhoni to be fit and that is why they are resting most of them,NZ, Srilanka, SA, England, WI all of them want there players to be fit. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN THAT. {{{{{ {{{{{{{{ PAKISTAN<BANGLADESH<ZIMBABWE<IRELAND ETC, i think these teams want their players to be injured n unfit during WC, whats ur opinion ?? THIS IS WHY STILL CRICKET CAN NOT SPREAD AROUND THE GLOBE LIKE FOOTBALL .CRICKET IS NOT DESI SPORT ONLY, THINK GLOBAL MAN.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • David47 on October 23, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Interesting - I would take both of them to the WC2011, but wouldn't play them both in the same game (in case they both break down - then we'd be history). Would have White as captain and definately play Dirk Nannes if available (and no, I'm not a Victorian). Antway, WC2011 is a way off yet. The biggest event in world cricket is about to get underway - that's the real focus for Aus right now - looking forward to it.

  • rraja on October 23, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Saun tait...he CHUCKS ball so hard that he only manages to play couple of game and then sustain injury....last time he played test was in perth ..where he copped a bit of from indian batsmen and then he lost interest in game and quit....i wonder how long will he last time..if he comes back...

  • DesiCricketfan on October 23, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    ONE MORE COMMENT, I think peopel hae forgotten that not too long ago we had Zaheer and Ishant , The fast bowlers were the main destroyers in the cricket in India. Indian tracks do help spinners but in the recent concluded Test Matches it was Zaheer/ Mitchell Johnson and Hilfy were the main destroyers, Dale Steyn had a lot of success, Doug Bollinger and Dirk Nannes playing for there IPL teams have had a lot of success. If you play cricket you should know that bowlers if bowling in the right areas and bowl as per the field placing they do get wickets. So let us not make comments that indian tracks are Spinner friendly. Being an Indian I do not want to say Nannes, Doug Bollinger, Lee, Tait and Johnson bowling. They are all good bowler and let us show some respect to these players. This is there job and they all are working hard to make money and they cn not make money f they do not perform. Good Luck once again to everyone for World Cup 2011 and MAY THE BEST TEAM WINS.

  • DesiCricketfan on October 23, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Every captain hopes that there team is 100% fit for the big event. Australia have a good wealth of bowlers and there is nothing wrong expecting the best to be fit. India hopes for Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan, Ojha, Sreesanth, Ishant to be fit as bowlers, They want Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni to be fit and that is why they are resting most of them. NZ, Srilanka, SA, England, WI all of them want there players to be fit. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN THAT. What is wrong here is people who play a 30mph bowl in there backyards are the ones who comments and do not realize what they are talking. Let us all behave like adults and comment like adults and especially cricket lovers. Good luck to all the teams for world cup.

  • on October 24, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I want to see a full strength Australia show up at the World Cup to defend their title

  • DesiCricketfan on October 24, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    @third_Gear, Please accept my apologies not to mention other countries. My point is no matter what kind of cricket we play 50-50 WC is still the biggest event and if all the countries and captains are taking precautions that is good. I wrote this due to several players from india missed out in WC 20-20. I think global and you do not have to yell. Every country want to take home world cup and if you, me and any other fan is thinking about that, there is nothing wrong in that. If you carefully read all the comments I made you will understand that I meant globally not desi.Desi is my ID and FYI I am proud of being a desi atleast i think good for every team. Once again let us have fun and watch the best team wins. No matter who that team is , IND,AUS,NZ,PAK,ZIM,BAN,WI,SA,IRE,ENG ETC. Good luck to all the teams and specially good luck to you and your team.

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    But what is the point. both of them are equal to hopeless in subcontinent wickets. no bounce no pace in wickets to assist them. if im ricky, ill worry less about these two and concentrate on hawritz, bolliger, johnson as my 3 strike bowlers.

  • on October 23, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    it will be great to see the speed demons back..............

  • Third_Gear on October 23, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    @DesiCricketfan :: India hopes for Zaheer,.... Dhoni to be fit and that is why they are resting most of them,NZ, Srilanka, SA, England, WI all of them want there players to be fit. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN THAT. {{{{{ {{{{{{{{ PAKISTAN<BANGLADESH<ZIMBABWE<IRELAND ETC, i think these teams want their players to be injured n unfit during WC, whats ur opinion ?? THIS IS WHY STILL CRICKET CAN NOT SPREAD AROUND THE GLOBE LIKE FOOTBALL .CRICKET IS NOT DESI SPORT ONLY, THINK GLOBAL MAN.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • David47 on October 23, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Interesting - I would take both of them to the WC2011, but wouldn't play them both in the same game (in case they both break down - then we'd be history). Would have White as captain and definately play Dirk Nannes if available (and no, I'm not a Victorian). Antway, WC2011 is a way off yet. The biggest event in world cricket is about to get underway - that's the real focus for Aus right now - looking forward to it.

  • rraja on October 23, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Saun tait...he CHUCKS ball so hard that he only manages to play couple of game and then sustain injury....last time he played test was in perth ..where he copped a bit of from indian batsmen and then he lost interest in game and quit....i wonder how long will he last time..if he comes back...

  • DesiCricketfan on October 23, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    ONE MORE COMMENT, I think peopel hae forgotten that not too long ago we had Zaheer and Ishant , The fast bowlers were the main destroyers in the cricket in India. Indian tracks do help spinners but in the recent concluded Test Matches it was Zaheer/ Mitchell Johnson and Hilfy were the main destroyers, Dale Steyn had a lot of success, Doug Bollinger and Dirk Nannes playing for there IPL teams have had a lot of success. If you play cricket you should know that bowlers if bowling in the right areas and bowl as per the field placing they do get wickets. So let us not make comments that indian tracks are Spinner friendly. Being an Indian I do not want to say Nannes, Doug Bollinger, Lee, Tait and Johnson bowling. They are all good bowler and let us show some respect to these players. This is there job and they all are working hard to make money and they cn not make money f they do not perform. Good Luck once again to everyone for World Cup 2011 and MAY THE BEST TEAM WINS.

  • DesiCricketfan on October 23, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Every captain hopes that there team is 100% fit for the big event. Australia have a good wealth of bowlers and there is nothing wrong expecting the best to be fit. India hopes for Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan, Ojha, Sreesanth, Ishant to be fit as bowlers, They want Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni to be fit and that is why they are resting most of them. NZ, Srilanka, SA, England, WI all of them want there players to be fit. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN THAT. What is wrong here is people who play a 30mph bowl in there backyards are the ones who comments and do not realize what they are talking. Let us all behave like adults and comment like adults and especially cricket lovers. Good luck to all the teams for world cup.

  • on October 23, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Australias Time is over. They will loose this ashes very badly to England. The real Ponting's batting skills will come out now (as some players have retired in their team).

    I rate Gilchrist is the Main Architect for all their victories in the Last decade. And also Mcgrath.

  • DesiCricketfan on October 23, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Friends, I would like to make a comment globally. Just imagine if you are a player and is going through rough times which includes your form and fitness, HOW WILL YOU FEEL WHEN PEOPLE MAKE COMMENTS Like these or any others. Also why cant people just stick to the comments on the concerned articles. @ SAKAR Why do you have to bring retirement of Sachin Tendulkar here, You better start watching cricket and see what Sachin is capable of. Pity on you that Sachin is not from your country. Let us all be sensible and give Lee and Tait a big break, If they are fit they will give there best and there is nothing wrong that a captain is expecting a better show from his team mates, AREN'T alll captains expecting the same things.

  • on October 23, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Get Shane....you cannot win matches in sub-continent pitches without him....

  • ARAgarwal on October 23, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    yes these three should be in the australian team.... tendulkar and sehwag will love the end their careers like they did for waqar/wasim....

  • maddy20 on October 22, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Unlike Lee , Tait does not have the variation to be a champion bowler. Lee's slower balls bamboozle the best batsman in the world when he actually bowls them.Only Pace will send the ball to the fence faster than the pace at which it has been bowled!

  • Nadeem1976 on October 22, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Trusting Lee and Tait will be a blunder by Ponting. Both of them are match winners but both of them are injury pron. Ponting needs to rely on new bowlers who are fit. If not take new bowlers as backup for Lee and Tait. But if australia only rely on lee, tait and johnson then they will lose this worldcup on the basis of fitness. I want australia to play well in subcontinent and give match to India in worldcup.

  • on October 22, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    @Dil-Cricketfan You have no bloody business asking others to shut up.Don't make insane comments like these.If you are a cricket fan respect fans from other countries as well.

  • nandydesikan on October 22, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    When in trouble or pushed to the backfoot, the so called "Punter" is so panicked in outlook and too hasty in desperation. One needs to be desperate when not achieving expected results, but this is just too much. The Indian skips (present and past) are better than the Kangaroos on one thing, be it good or bad..they were more calm and composed. Look at Dhoni ; I would reiterate India is in the top in terms of players affected by fitness/injury problems and yet manage to come out victorious. If they go down, they go down badly the Aussies.Even when they were #1, India always gave it a run for the money on most occasions. But, without its prime players, Australia looks so handicapped and found wanting , not to mention the smart yet hypocritical comments by Aussie players on Sachin's form. Ponting is not an inspiring captain when subjected to pressure.

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    It will be really nice to see Lee back in action. He is an exciting player to watch. And will bring experience & sting back to Oz Attack. But lack off good spinner will hurt a bit. You need variety for sub-continental pitches. All out pace will put Oz attack in single dimension. But hey it is always good to back your strengths. How thing will pan out? Only time will tell.......

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    lame excuse ricky Sahab;)

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    In subcontinent shear pace wont be much effective, vl go for runs if its too speedy.Have seen this happen in IPL n Champions league with both Lee n Tait..!!..

  • mafiasam on October 22, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    @ Neetish... Dude, I am an Indian and huge Sachin fan, but i really think we dont need a sachin vs aussies comment in this article. And i think u shud get the cue that no australian has responded to ur bait so far. Be a responsible fan and comment abt sachin only when it merits. regarding the article, I wud personally love to see brett lee back, my fav fast bowler of the decade and a great personality. his success holds the key for australia lifting the cup for a fifth time (i seriously hope they DON'T), coz they obviously dont have similar batting strength as previous world cups. all the best Brett, go Six and Out.

  • on October 22, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Lame excuses by Ricky Ponting. If his fast bowler performed in test series against India so he never came up with such thoughts But this statement at least proves that Aussies are also dependent on individuals rather believed on team work ;)

  • on October 22, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Ponting is great.........bcoz his vision about wining wc2011 bcoz if u have fast n furious pace attack u have better chance to win in sub continent condition where medium pacers and spinners goes for plenty of runs. for my advice for aussies to have a bowling combination of brett lee, tait ,johnson,siddle and steven smith (he is allrounder n can bowl leg break ).........!!!!!!!

  • boris6491 on October 22, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    These two combined would be formidable. As fast bowlers in the subcontinent, you need an X-factor. Any regular everyday fast bowler will be reasonably ineffective on most of those pitches. Extra pace will be a weapon for all sides, not least of all for an Australian side who, judging by their current squad, do not possess spin bowlers who are capable of taking wickets and putting pressure on the opposition. Both are awesome bowlers and for Australia's sake, I hope they do end up fit because by the looks of things, Australia will need them.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on October 22, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Fingers crossed for Lee & Tait. What a combination of fast bowling

  • Cricket_4_Blood on October 22, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    @Something_Witty- Mate, keep your freaking comments with your self. Do you think only you people in Aus can watch the Aussie matches. Bro, we have starcricket here in Lanka & I watched the performance of Lee today against the Tasmia. Lad, you don't have to teach us about cricket. We know every single nippy thing about cricket & let us give our own comments before we ask you to shut your stinky mouth. @Neetish Tewari- Thank god sachin is not your father. Wonder what you must have commented then..... O Gosh! you immature Indians still nip in their noses needlessly. This is about the Champ Aussies & stop your crap here by commenting about your Ugly boys....

  • Vindaliew on October 22, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    I'm not sure if Tait is going to be bowling enough overs to warrant a place in the XI, especially as he himself is wary of his body's limitations (hopefully he won't be another Shane Bond) but Brett Lee would be a great prospect, and I'd love to see him back in action.

  • calypsocricket on October 22, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Keep on dreaming Ricky, dream about winning at least one match in the Sub Continent. Lee and Tait may hold the batsman for a while, while Hauritz a third rated spinner in the sub continent will get some serious wood.

  • Laird on October 22, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Agree with earlier comments: Lee, Tait & Johnson with no spin back up could lead to a lot of opposition making 300+ scores (although probably 8 or 9 down!). Without a spinner able to contain the batsmen, i would have though Bracken is a must. Also, Nannes vs Johnson in ODI's? I would take Nannes every time, dispite Johnsons abilities with the bat. Ideal attack - B. Lee, N. Bracken, D. Nannes, A. Spinner (if the aussies can find one in time!) with Tait on standby.

  • AD_Sonic on October 22, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    The prospect of Lee n Tait was on the cards after the 2007 WC. But both could not make the team at the same time due to injury and other reasons.What a coincidence it would be if both play together again in the 2011 WC, four years later. Fingers crossed....

  • Something_Witty on October 22, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I think it's funny all the non-Australians who comment on here going on about things that are totally incorrect. The ones in the best position to judge are the ones who actually live in Aus and see all the state matches televised live (We're talking about ODI's here). Just watched Brett Lee bowling 12 overs in a 45 over game vs Tas, and although he got a bit of tap towards the end, he bowled beautifully. Great to see he's perfected his slower bouncers and slow legcutters. I can see them being really hard to get away on the pitches in the subcontinent. And even on a slow pitch he got very decent pace and bounce. He and Tait would definitely be in my world cup side. Lee because he's always been a world class bowler in all formats, Tait because he swings the ball like a boomerang and is easily the fastest bowler currently on the planet. And for those worried about ODI spinning options, look no further than the two Tassie boys; Doherty and Krejza

  • Aussasinator on October 22, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    3 overs each for lee and Tait, in the first match before they break down. Why dont they bring back Glen Mcgrath? He should do better than Tait and Lee in any given situation and save Australia further humiliation.

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Ponting wants to fill his team with bowlers in a desperate attempt to stop Sachin ............ sadly wont help him much, the master can handle anyone, just the batting will be weakened

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Why doesnt Dirk Nannes play in ODIs??Baffling to me....

  • rohanbala on October 22, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Bret Lee and Shaun Tait will definitely have to keep themselves prime fit by the time the World Cup squad is announced. Fitness of both these men has been suspect and their task will be all the more difficult on the subcontinent pitches. Johnson's performance has not been too good in the recent past. Ponting would be better served by his younger bowlers than these three men. In the spin department, the inclusion of the ineffective Hauritz will add up to the bowling worries.

  • nishpapjibon on October 22, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Gr8 Come back For LEE........................................................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................

  • nani_cool21 on October 22, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    What about dirk nannes.He is an awesome fast bowler .Why australia never consider him .Can anybody tell me?

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Wish steven smith emerges as Aussie's trump card as spinner on the road to world cup.i suggest bring back nathan bracken.

  • UltimateCricExpert on October 22, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    I want all these players to be 100% fit & play the WC. Akthar & Amir for PAK, Steyn & Morkel for SA, Lee & Tait for Aussies, Edwards & Roach for WI, Malinga for SL, Ishanth for India. Then only you will have some real fun on batting friendly pitches of the subcontinent.

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Australia needs a spinner more than they need a sook like Tait and a broken down has been like Lee. Australia's last spinner close to anything good in ODIs was Brad Hogg, and that's not a knock against Nathan Hauritz, but he rarely looks like taking a wicket, unless the batsmen get bored facing him. Xavier Doherty should be the ODI spinner.

  • Masking_Tape on October 22, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    I'd love to see Lee, Mitch, Tait in the same XI for the OZ. Also hopefully Bracken, Clark, and Ryan Harris in the full squad for WC.

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    How can they prove themselves in 50 over cricket, when it's not played in Australia anymore?

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on October 22, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    i have seen brett lee delivering some fearsome spells in ODI... he have such a good record, which is second to none.... it will be a pleasure if Tait & Brett bowl together in world cup... everyone will county on their speed, and den there will be johnson, who have speed and swing, to win in Asia, u don't need bowling, u need good & pure 7 batsman, who can make or chase 300 + in every match

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    NICE... but where is NATHAN BRACKEN??? Wasnt he world's No.2 best bowler before he got injured, didnt he win the 2009 Allan border Australian cricketer of they year in 2009??? anywayz, wud luv 2 see Tait, Lee, Harris, Johnson 2geder... and their battin is pretty strong too with watson, Ferguson, and White, and Hussey... I say get Mitchell marsh in too ASAP

  • kvirdi on October 22, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    @ Sakar: Will appreciate if you don't comment on master. Bret Lee is there from a decade and Tait has nothing to his credentials yet. There were greater bowler likes of Akram, Waqar, Ambrose, Walsh, McGrath, Warne against whom he has played and dominated. So, remember one thing ... MASTER will retire at his will not due to someone force him ...

  • kvirdi on October 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Please give me a break. World cup is in India and you just can't win here without quality spin and pace attack. Australia success was heavily due to Great McGrath and Warne. Brett got his most of the ODI wkts when McGrath contained the batsman and they were going after him. And would like to remind that it's not so long back when Tait announced his retirement after going wicketless against India in Australia.

    I feel that Harris and Bollinger are better choice with some good spin option. So, please don't over hype Brett and Tait.

  • xylo on October 22, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I do not think anyone is questioning Australia's pace arsenal. Even without Tait/Lee, they do have quite a handful in Bollinger, Nannes, Siddle, and the likes. What Ponting really needs to 'dream of' is a quality spinner. Given that the WC is going to be in India/Bangladesh/Sri Lanka, spin does matter... ask the kiwis who found that out the hard way a couple of weeks back.

  • Razor88 on October 22, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Brett Lee....... Is a Champion ODI Bowler,he can Fit into any team...... Hope he performs and get's a Re-call...... Waitin for Lethal Lee to return x_x

  • jonesy2 on October 22, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    even just having these men in the squad and to be able to call on them would send shivers down many a batsmen spines

  • on October 22, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    What about Dirk Nannes? Why not put him in ODIs?

  • nzcricket174 on October 22, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Imagine a fast bowling combination like that. Shaun Tait and Brett Lee who both operate at 150+, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris who consistently hit 145+ and Doug Bollinger who is brisk around the 135-140 mark. If only there was a good spinner to complete this combination. At the moment this is not the best ODI combination in the world, but if a good spinner is added then it becomes the current best. I mean, who is able to match it? The only problem with this combination is the balance of the team. The spinner would have to bat at 6, Johnson and 7 and the wicketkeeper opening. The only problem is that when your tail starts at 9 in ODI you rely heavily on your top order. 1-Watson 2-Paine/Haddin 3-Ponting 4-Hussey 5-Clarke 6-White 7-Steve Smith 8-Johnson 9-Lee 10-Harris 11-Tait

  • landl47 on October 22, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Lee will be 34 in a couple of weeks. He's had a lot of fitness problems. It's a bit of a long shot relying on him. Tait's even more of a problem; it seems he can't go more than a few games without breaking down. It's a pity because he's a great bowler to watch when he's fit.

    I don't see how Australia can include both these guys in their squad. It's just too big a risk that they might both break down and leave the Aussies with a very sub-par bowling unit.

  • nomikshah on October 22, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    These two need to be on song for this w'cup to be any fun. No replacement for displacement. Nothing more fun than watching true ferocious fast bowling. Tait practically won the cup for Oz last time.

  • loggerfloodles on October 22, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    There's another big bloke with a fuzzy beard, a little bit dutch, great fast bowler, one of the best, name of Nannes... anyone know of him? Probably one of the best limited overs bowlers in the world... Oh, that's right, he's from Victoria...

  • ravithecricbuff on October 22, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Ponting is a suck!!I hate him with utmost sincerity

  • Meety on October 22, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Lee if fit will be a huge benefit for Punters WC bid. Not sure why Bracken has not been discussed, I think his first spell of swing followed by a 2nd spell of off-cutters could be massively successful in the WC. I think the boys from OZ can win another on the trot - don't think it will be undefeated though.

  • chad_reid on October 22, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    With Brett Lee and Shaun Tait in the Australian ODI squad Australia will be unstoppable at the World Cup 4 world cups in a row will be like a walk in the park.

    Team Watson, Haddin, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Ferguson, White, Johnson, Lee, Bollinger, Tait with that pace attack of 145km+ bowlers they will blow any opposition away

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 22, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    It would be great. Three bowlers who can bowl routinely over 150 K and some times touches 160K would be a treat one of the quickest attack known. All the best.

  • Something_Witty on October 22, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I personally would love to see a bowling attack consisting of Lee, Tait, Johnson and Nannes/Harris. Pity that the world cup is being played in the subcontinent.

  • on October 22, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    hahahaha.. here cumes the lord of the game.. Bret lee........... Imagine jsut imagine Bret lee lethal pace from one end nad Shaun tait for another wid extreme version of madness in pace.... Wow...... Sachin watch ur head... Coz they might compell u to retired u soon

  • rko_rules on October 22, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Just imagine, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson in the Australian side at the same time. And the back up bowlers like Doug Bollinger, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. You just cannot find a weak bowler to attack. It is just like West Indies of 1970s and 80s. And what about our Indian desi sher bowlers, they are coming up with 125 Vinay kumar type of bowlers. They all want to be Glenn Mcgrath and wants to emulate him so that they dont have to put that much effort that is required to bowl fast. They are all tired and lazy, thakele kahin ke!!

  • KrazyCricketKid on October 22, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    I also think that Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Marsh should be given chances in ODI matches. Both of them are really good cricketers. I would choose Mitchell Marsh or James Hopes anyday. I would also choose Dirk Nannes over Clint Mckay anyday.

  • Ashu123 on October 22, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Austrilia and pakistan are two teams that never seem to run out of quality fast bowlers.

  • on October 22, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Lee, Tait and M Johnson... if Ponting doesn't mind going for 7 runs an over, then go for it!

  • sharprider on October 21, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    It's always good to dream of having certain things or certain people at certain point in time. However, it should be seen in a broader perspective and, truly speaking, Ponting should be realistic about this matter. He is pinning his hopes on old and tried horses who may have passed their prime, but, by doing so he is not giving good signals to the emerging bunch of fast bowlers waiting in the wings. Moreover, he is probably forgetting that the sub-continental pitches are not overwhelmingly conducive to fast bowling and that it would require a herculean effort on the part of all fast bowlers to make their mark in the World Cup matches, especially in India and Bangladesh where the tracks mostly favor the spinners.

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    With Tait, Binga, Mitch and Bollinger our seaming options are much wider and with differnet varities. I am more concerned with our spinning department. Do we have any one who can replace Hauritz ?? Smith is leggie, he needs to bowl more often to gain himself a place in World Cup. Hauritz is really out of touch and in sub continent, really do not think he can assist us too much. Just, hope Tait get fit soon and make himself available for World Cup selection. GO AUSSIE !!!!!!!!

  • SnowSnake on October 21, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Good strategy Ponting. Go for all the fire power you got.

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    It can be a dream come true. Imagine the Pakistan vs Australia match in the World Cup 2011. Brett Lee and Tait rattle the Pakistani batsmen and then the fast and Steaming Shoiab Akhtar comes into bowl beautys. Won't it be a dream come true. Akhtar,Tait,Lee playing in the Same game fast bowlings would be the main focus then who wins. Please Lee and Tait be fine for the world cup

  • on October 21, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Well that will one of the Fastest Pair of Opening Bowlers world cricket has seen in quite some time. It actually excites me at the thought of seeing them together, will definitely put the Aussies in a commanding position for the World Cup

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  • on October 21, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Well that will one of the Fastest Pair of Opening Bowlers world cricket has seen in quite some time. It actually excites me at the thought of seeing them together, will definitely put the Aussies in a commanding position for the World Cup

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    It can be a dream come true. Imagine the Pakistan vs Australia match in the World Cup 2011. Brett Lee and Tait rattle the Pakistani batsmen and then the fast and Steaming Shoiab Akhtar comes into bowl beautys. Won't it be a dream come true. Akhtar,Tait,Lee playing in the Same game fast bowlings would be the main focus then who wins. Please Lee and Tait be fine for the world cup

  • SnowSnake on October 21, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Good strategy Ponting. Go for all the fire power you got.

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    With Tait, Binga, Mitch and Bollinger our seaming options are much wider and with differnet varities. I am more concerned with our spinning department. Do we have any one who can replace Hauritz ?? Smith is leggie, he needs to bowl more often to gain himself a place in World Cup. Hauritz is really out of touch and in sub continent, really do not think he can assist us too much. Just, hope Tait get fit soon and make himself available for World Cup selection. GO AUSSIE !!!!!!!!

  • sharprider on October 21, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    It's always good to dream of having certain things or certain people at certain point in time. However, it should be seen in a broader perspective and, truly speaking, Ponting should be realistic about this matter. He is pinning his hopes on old and tried horses who may have passed their prime, but, by doing so he is not giving good signals to the emerging bunch of fast bowlers waiting in the wings. Moreover, he is probably forgetting that the sub-continental pitches are not overwhelmingly conducive to fast bowling and that it would require a herculean effort on the part of all fast bowlers to make their mark in the World Cup matches, especially in India and Bangladesh where the tracks mostly favor the spinners.

  • on October 22, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Lee, Tait and M Johnson... if Ponting doesn't mind going for 7 runs an over, then go for it!

  • Ashu123 on October 22, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Austrilia and pakistan are two teams that never seem to run out of quality fast bowlers.

  • KrazyCricketKid on October 22, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    I also think that Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Marsh should be given chances in ODI matches. Both of them are really good cricketers. I would choose Mitchell Marsh or James Hopes anyday. I would also choose Dirk Nannes over Clint Mckay anyday.

  • rko_rules on October 22, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Just imagine, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson in the Australian side at the same time. And the back up bowlers like Doug Bollinger, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. You just cannot find a weak bowler to attack. It is just like West Indies of 1970s and 80s. And what about our Indian desi sher bowlers, they are coming up with 125 Vinay kumar type of bowlers. They all want to be Glenn Mcgrath and wants to emulate him so that they dont have to put that much effort that is required to bowl fast. They are all tired and lazy, thakele kahin ke!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    hahahaha.. here cumes the lord of the game.. Bret lee........... Imagine jsut imagine Bret lee lethal pace from one end nad Shaun tait for another wid extreme version of madness in pace.... Wow...... Sachin watch ur head... Coz they might compell u to retired u soon