Australia v South Africa, CB Series January 9, 2009

Tait eyes Tests after recall

Cricinfo staff


Cameron White is happy to be back in Australia's thoughts following the Test tour of India © Getty Images
 

A surprised Shaun Tait has looked to the future after being picked in Australia's limited-overs squads by saying a return to Test action is "not out of the question". Tait has been hit by hamstring injuries this season, forcing him out of one-day and four-day games, but he said he was in good shape for the Twenty20 matches in Melbourne on Sunday and Brisbane on Tuesday.

"My body's the main factor for me," Tait said in the Australian. "It feels pretty good at the moment. If I can maintain it and bowl well then [Test selection is] not out of the question."

Tait, who was picked in the Twenty20 and one-day squads, had tendonitis and a slight tear in his hamstring in December, but he came back to take three wickets against New South Wales on Tuesday. Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said Tait had gained a full medical clearance and felt it was better for him to be travelling with Australia than spending time on the domestic Twenty20 circuit.

It is the first time Tait has been picked in a senior Australian side since he walked away from the game due to physical and mental exhaustion 12 months ago. "I'm pretty chuffed at the moment," Tait said ... "[The selectors] have showed a fair bit of confidence in me, which is good, so it's up to me to repay them, if I get a run."

Cameron White is another bowler to return to the national squad following four Tests against India last year, when the team tried to turn him in to a frontline spinner. "I wasn't sure whether I was going to be picked, to be honest, so it was a good feeling to know you are still in the mix," White said in the Age. "I was hopeful I would still be in the mix at Twenty20 and the one-day level so it is good to know I am still wanted at the moment. It is up to me now to do well."

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