Australian news October 22, 2010

Ponting dreams of Lee and Tait at World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • sunil 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 13:19 GMT

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

  • Enamul 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.

  • Lalith 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 !!!!

  • David 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.

  • Rajbir 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...

  • sunil 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.

  • sunil 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.

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