Australia in Sri Lanka, 2003-04 March 11, 2004

Shaun Tait replaces Lee

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Shaun Tait: included in the Test squad after only 14 first-class games © Getty Images

Shaun Tait has been called up to replace Brett Lee in the Australian team currently touring Sri Lanka. Lee was ruled out of the tour after injuring an ankle, while Michael Kasprowicz strained his shoulder during the first Test.

Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said that Tait had been selected over Andy Bichel, Nathan Bracken and Glenn McGrath, as he was seen to be a suitable replacement for Lee. "We have selected him specifically as a like-replacement for Brett Lee who was the quickest bowler in our touring line-up," Hohns said. "Shaun Tait is a quality young quick bowler who has impressed us with his raw pace over the summer."

The call-up wasn't devoid of incident - Tait thought it was a prank. "I think he thought I was pulling his leg to be honest," Hohns said. "But he was over the moon, of course, as most young fellows are when they're called up to play for their country."

Tait had risen up the ranks quickly, and played for Australia A against an Indian team earlier this season, before playing two limited-overs games against Zimbabwe. He was also named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year at the Allan Border Medal presentation in February.

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