Australia v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Perth

Shaun Tait called up as cover for Peter Siddle

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January 30, 2010

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Shaun Tait winds up ahead of mounting speculation he will get a recall this week, WACA, January 14, 2008
Shaun Tait last played an international match a year ago © AFP
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Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler, has been added to the squad as a standby for Sunday's fifth ODI against Pakistan. The last-minute call-up is due to Peter Siddle's continuing back problem and gives Tait a chance to play his first international match in a year.

"Peter Siddle is still being troubled the back pain which kept him out of the third match of the series in Adelaide," Australia's physiotherapist, Alex Kountouris, said. "As such he is in doubt for tomorrow's fifth ODI and therefore another fast bowler has been included as a standby player."

Tait also had a series of injury problems, due to which he has focused only on limited-overs matches for South Australia so far this summer. During an eventful winter he was prevented from playing in the IPL by Cricket Australia, who didn't originally offer him a contract but handed one out when Andrew Symonds' deal was terminated.

"Shaun Tait at his best is a destructive fast bowler in both limited-over and Twenty20 cricket," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of the national selection panel, said. "He has progressed well this season and performed well in both the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and the recent Ford Ranger game against New South Wales in Wollongong and we are sure he will be ready should he be required for tomorrow's match."

With Clint McKay and Ryan Harris adapting to international cricket well, and Mitchell Johnson waiting for his first one-dayer of the summer, Tait's chances of getting a game are slim.

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