South Australia v England XI, Adelaide November 13, 2006

Tait and Gillespie prepare to face England

Cricinfo staff



Shaun Tait: back for another crack at the Poms © Getty Images

Darren Lehmann will lead a strong South Australian side containing two veterans of the 2005 Ashes, Jason Gillespie and Shaun Tait, when they take on England in the final warm-up fixture before the first Test at Brisbane.

For Gillespie in particular, the fixture will be a chance to atone for his disappointing performances in England last year, in which he picked up just three wickets in three Tests, at an average of exactly 100.

But it is Tait who has the most to gain from the match, having starred in Friday's 166-run rout of the tourists at Canberra. Another good showing and he will be in with a shout of a place in the Ashes starting line-up on November 23.

In a surprise move, South Australia's vice-captain, Graham Manou, has been omitted from the 12-man squad, with Shane Deitz taking over the gloves. "[Shane] is more than capable of taking the gloves and batting in the No. 7 position," said Paul Nobes, the chairman of selectors. "He has earned this opportunity."

"Graham continues to show he has talent with the gloves, but we need a stronger return from that position in the batting order. We need our keeper to not only keep well, but also to bat well."

Matthew Elliott will be vice captain in Graham's absence. The tour match starts at 10.30am each day. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and pensioners and $17 for a family ticket.

South Australia (from) Darren Lehmann (capt), Matthew Elliott, Cullen Bailey, Cameron Borgas, Mark Cosgrove, Daniel Cullen, Shane Deitz (wk), Callum Ferguson, Jason Gillespie, Daniel Harris, Paul Rofe, Shaun Tait.

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