England v Australia, 3rd ODI, Old Trafford June 25, 2010

Tait replaces injured Hauritz in ODI squad

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Shaun Tait is set for a surprise return to Australia's ODI team and Steven Smith could be in line for his Test debut after Nathan Hauritz was sent home from England with an injured foot. Hauritz was troubled by pain in his left foot during the first two defeats to England and he is flying back to Australia to recover, which places him in serious doubt for Australia's upcoming Tests against Pakistan.

"While the pain was manageable in the first game, it became more severe during the second game," Alex Kountouris, the team physio, said. "The pain is likely to be related to a previous foot injury and we have decided the best course of action is to withdraw Nathan from the current tour to allow sufficient time for it to recover. His return to training will be determined in the coming weeks."

Given that Australia's Test series against Pakistan begins in less than three weeks, that means the legspinning allrounder Smith is likely to be elevated to Test status. Australia have few other spin options, with Jason Krejza having had hip surgery during the off season and Jon Holland also having been sidelined by injury.

In the meantime, the one-day squad will welcome Tait, who has been playing Twenty20 cricket with Glamorgan and was therefore in Cardiff as Australia lost the second one-day international on Thursday, where they were without Ryan Harris due to a groin injury. Tait will travel with the squad to Manchester for Sunday's third encounter and if he plays, it will be his first ODI since February 2009.

Although he has given up on first-class cricket due to the strain on his body, Tait has remained a powerful Twenty20 strike weapon for Australia. He has kept playing 50-over cricket for South Australia but hasn't had quite the same success, and in last summer's FR Cup he collected 10 wickets at 44.50 with an economy rate of 6.26.

"In view of the injury to Nathan Hauritz and some concerns about the injury to Ryan Harris, the national selection panel (NSP) has made the decision to add Shaun Tait to the ODI squad for the remaining one-day games against England," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. "Shaun is still very much in the thoughts of the NSP for the upcoming ICC World Cup and these games present Shaun with a great opportunity to again represent Australia in one-day cricket."

Assuming Tait's body can handle the workload of ten overs, he will add an x-factor to an Australian attack that has struggled for penetration in the opening two games. On an Old Trafford pitch expected to help the fast men, England's batsmen might not like the prospect of facing up to a man who during the Australian summer broke the 160kph barrier.

The team's medical staff will continue to monitor Harris in the lead-up to the third game at Old Trafford. He was Australia's best bowler in the opening match but reported soreness in the groin area after the game.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on June 26, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    a fast bowler in for an off-spinner.......... ........just shows that how much australian's are missing their faster men....and with ryan harris injured & mckaynot in form there is some serious question mark over there fast bowling...........hope that tait wil add firepower to the attack.........i think england will not be able to beat aussies once johnson & CO. RETURNS......as last two matches were closely fought.......all d best aussies

  • ryfka on June 26, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    hmm..maybe some aussies have a different take on the current turmoil their cricket is in..i dnt blame them for them being in their denial mode..though they are the no 1 side in the odis but fact of the matter is that the aussies are certainly going downhill steadily..somebody said that bollinger is the 3rd choice bowler..but remember this was the guy who performed so very well in india..without him winning in india would have been a dream for them..i dnt see them challenging the pommies much and even if we see man to man..englishmen are far far better than the aussies..a better bowling attack..better batsmen..australia needs desperate measures and fast..else the world cup crown is not gonna be theirs..they might not have lost any WC match since 99 but we have seen teams like France exiting in the first round of WC soccer..hail the arrival of teams like india SA..days of the "yellow fever" might just be the thing of the past with vaccines like india and SA...

  • milepost on June 26, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Sounds like a lot of envy (manifested in some fairly angry comments) about Australia. How bout you save it and all will your teams to play better against them? It's just a game.

  • khashoo on June 26, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @ Bingaa. Zeeshan just said that Aussies are no more invincible and he didnt say anything insulting which has made you post such derogatory comments.Pakistan had been surrounded by a hell lot of controversies which affected their performance. They will prove themselves in the coming days after the return of Shoaib and other senior players InshaAllah. Aussies are a good side and competitive too but their impregnability has been challenged by a lot of teams as that of King Federer's in tennis,so accept the reality and dont get so emotional.CALM DOWN MAN.

    A GOOD WISH FOR AUSSIES hope they wiill be thrashed by eng 5-0.

  • rspr on June 26, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Your comments are interesting. The fact of the matter is their attack lacks potency and can only be a supplemental. Aus should try chasing else post a good total. They have done neither in the last two matches and have only themselves to blame for shooting on their feet. Yes Bollinger, harris Co looks and is a second string attack. Their first choices are all nursing injuries. Nannes should have been given a thumbs up during this crisis, but age seems to be a determinant in the current Aussie seletion plan, hitherto unseen.

  • starsagitarian on June 26, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    inclusion of Shaun Tait certainly seems like a desperate measure after the Ozy attack failed to peneterate the english fortress twice... !! I am not sure what is Clint McKay doin in the current australian set up... ! I mean if u wanna have variety in the squad u need people who have variety... ! in the past two ODIs he has been repetedly targeted and has bled runs on a platter... !! I also believe time is ripe for someone like Dirk Nannes to get a look in... Its absolutely ridiculous to have seperate attacks for the ODIs and T20s...!! Tait and Nannes were unplayable on the un-helpful windies wickets, they can definitely widen their hold on helpful wickets here in England... !! its about time CA consider their contributions and think positively about them considering the 2011 world cup... !!

  • Nihontone on June 26, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Adam_clone, you should check your facts before you start shooting your mouth off. Australia are ranked third in tests (5 points behind India & 1 point behind SA). In ODIs they are ranked first, 12 points ahead of both India and SA. They've also won the last 3 world cups (in fact, they haven't lost a world cup game since May 1999). I reckon they're doing ok.

    As for Ricky Ponting not being remembered as a great batsman? I think these stats speak for themselves. This is Ricky Ponting's record compared to Sachin Tendulkar's:

    Tests Inn n.o. Runs H/S Ave RP 144 243 27 11928 257 55.22 ST 166 271 29 13447 248* 55.56

    ODIs ST 442 431 41 17598 200* 45.12 RP 348 339 37 12962 164 42.92

    Fairly similar I'd say. I think Ponting will go down as one of the modern greats.

    Cheers TONY

  • Moppa on June 26, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Why is it newsworthy that Australia is a 'normal' and 'beatable' team? Who is saying that Australia are unbeatable? Australia now have a solid and workmanlike team that all the rankings show are amongst the best in the world and, yes, shock horror, the other good teams in the world (SA, Ind, Eng) will beat them their fair share of the time. WI, Pak etc cannot hold a candle to them. I would say to all those rejoicing at the demise of Australia - don't rate the current team on paper by comparing them to Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist, Hayden etc - ultimately there are 11 men on the field and if they perform should be respected regardless of reputation or who went before. England's current form is a result of belief and spirit, not their 'on paper' reputation. Australia can and will prove the same over time. England winning this series is no surprise but Aust will be a different prospect down under for the Ashes - much better balanced for Test cricket than ODI.

  • E-Train on June 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    The Aussies have clearly had a long break since the T20 World Cup and are coming in with no practice. England have already played a Test and One-Day series in their summer. Its as simple as match practice vs no match practice. And Ponting is definitely a LEGEND! His body is starting to give up on him now but he'll still score big runs when they're needed. I've already got money on him for a ton at the Gabba.

  • SnowSnake on June 25, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    If one were to carefully look at the scnerio, Aus. selection board is in denial. Aus. balling is not as big a problem as much as their batting. Yet, Aus. is making changes in the balling department. Ponting should be sacked as a captain. He seems to be first one to fold under pressure. If you compare Ponting's facial expression and Dhoni's facial expression under pressure situations, you will see the difference. Ponting starts spitting, starts making funny faces and gets angry, whereas Dhoni gets focused and expects his team members to focus as well. What did Ponting do when Aus. lost? He says that bowling should have been better. With Ponting and Hussey over 35 yo., sel. board is better off looking for their replacement. Otherwise, Aus. team will be in a downward spiral for a long time.

  • on June 26, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    a fast bowler in for an off-spinner.......... ........just shows that how much australian's are missing their faster men....and with ryan harris injured & mckaynot in form there is some serious question mark over there fast bowling...........hope that tait wil add firepower to the attack.........i think england will not be able to beat aussies once johnson & CO. RETURNS......as last two matches were closely fought.......all d best aussies

  • ryfka on June 26, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    hmm..maybe some aussies have a different take on the current turmoil their cricket is in..i dnt blame them for them being in their denial mode..though they are the no 1 side in the odis but fact of the matter is that the aussies are certainly going downhill steadily..somebody said that bollinger is the 3rd choice bowler..but remember this was the guy who performed so very well in india..without him winning in india would have been a dream for them..i dnt see them challenging the pommies much and even if we see man to man..englishmen are far far better than the aussies..a better bowling attack..better batsmen..australia needs desperate measures and fast..else the world cup crown is not gonna be theirs..they might not have lost any WC match since 99 but we have seen teams like France exiting in the first round of WC soccer..hail the arrival of teams like india SA..days of the "yellow fever" might just be the thing of the past with vaccines like india and SA...

  • milepost on June 26, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Sounds like a lot of envy (manifested in some fairly angry comments) about Australia. How bout you save it and all will your teams to play better against them? It's just a game.

  • khashoo on June 26, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @ Bingaa. Zeeshan just said that Aussies are no more invincible and he didnt say anything insulting which has made you post such derogatory comments.Pakistan had been surrounded by a hell lot of controversies which affected their performance. They will prove themselves in the coming days after the return of Shoaib and other senior players InshaAllah. Aussies are a good side and competitive too but their impregnability has been challenged by a lot of teams as that of King Federer's in tennis,so accept the reality and dont get so emotional.CALM DOWN MAN.

    A GOOD WISH FOR AUSSIES hope they wiill be thrashed by eng 5-0.

  • rspr on June 26, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Your comments are interesting. The fact of the matter is their attack lacks potency and can only be a supplemental. Aus should try chasing else post a good total. They have done neither in the last two matches and have only themselves to blame for shooting on their feet. Yes Bollinger, harris Co looks and is a second string attack. Their first choices are all nursing injuries. Nannes should have been given a thumbs up during this crisis, but age seems to be a determinant in the current Aussie seletion plan, hitherto unseen.

  • starsagitarian on June 26, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    inclusion of Shaun Tait certainly seems like a desperate measure after the Ozy attack failed to peneterate the english fortress twice... !! I am not sure what is Clint McKay doin in the current australian set up... ! I mean if u wanna have variety in the squad u need people who have variety... ! in the past two ODIs he has been repetedly targeted and has bled runs on a platter... !! I also believe time is ripe for someone like Dirk Nannes to get a look in... Its absolutely ridiculous to have seperate attacks for the ODIs and T20s...!! Tait and Nannes were unplayable on the un-helpful windies wickets, they can definitely widen their hold on helpful wickets here in England... !! its about time CA consider their contributions and think positively about them considering the 2011 world cup... !!

  • Nihontone on June 26, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Adam_clone, you should check your facts before you start shooting your mouth off. Australia are ranked third in tests (5 points behind India & 1 point behind SA). In ODIs they are ranked first, 12 points ahead of both India and SA. They've also won the last 3 world cups (in fact, they haven't lost a world cup game since May 1999). I reckon they're doing ok.

    As for Ricky Ponting not being remembered as a great batsman? I think these stats speak for themselves. This is Ricky Ponting's record compared to Sachin Tendulkar's:

    Tests Inn n.o. Runs H/S Ave RP 144 243 27 11928 257 55.22 ST 166 271 29 13447 248* 55.56

    ODIs ST 442 431 41 17598 200* 45.12 RP 348 339 37 12962 164 42.92

    Fairly similar I'd say. I think Ponting will go down as one of the modern greats.

    Cheers TONY

  • Moppa on June 26, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Why is it newsworthy that Australia is a 'normal' and 'beatable' team? Who is saying that Australia are unbeatable? Australia now have a solid and workmanlike team that all the rankings show are amongst the best in the world and, yes, shock horror, the other good teams in the world (SA, Ind, Eng) will beat them their fair share of the time. WI, Pak etc cannot hold a candle to them. I would say to all those rejoicing at the demise of Australia - don't rate the current team on paper by comparing them to Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist, Hayden etc - ultimately there are 11 men on the field and if they perform should be respected regardless of reputation or who went before. England's current form is a result of belief and spirit, not their 'on paper' reputation. Australia can and will prove the same over time. England winning this series is no surprise but Aust will be a different prospect down under for the Ashes - much better balanced for Test cricket than ODI.

  • E-Train on June 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    The Aussies have clearly had a long break since the T20 World Cup and are coming in with no practice. England have already played a Test and One-Day series in their summer. Its as simple as match practice vs no match practice. And Ponting is definitely a LEGEND! His body is starting to give up on him now but he'll still score big runs when they're needed. I've already got money on him for a ton at the Gabba.

  • SnowSnake on June 25, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    If one were to carefully look at the scnerio, Aus. selection board is in denial. Aus. balling is not as big a problem as much as their batting. Yet, Aus. is making changes in the balling department. Ponting should be sacked as a captain. He seems to be first one to fold under pressure. If you compare Ponting's facial expression and Dhoni's facial expression under pressure situations, you will see the difference. Ponting starts spitting, starts making funny faces and gets angry, whereas Dhoni gets focused and expects his team members to focus as well. What did Ponting do when Aus. lost? He says that bowling should have been better. With Ponting and Hussey over 35 yo., sel. board is better off looking for their replacement. Otherwise, Aus. team will be in a downward spiral for a long time.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 25, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Hi adam_clone...I like your comments but i think you are not up to date. See ICC team rankings and you will find australia as #1 ODI team far ahead of India and SA. That means australia is not doing bad. Now come the legends, definately australia is missing legends but if new players are fit and playing they will become legends after 10 years. You gota give Aus some time to make legends. By the way last time i rememeber australia recently won Champions trophy, thrashed pakistan and westendies, and NZ.

    Just two losses or may be complete white wash against Eng will make no impact. Australia is ODI world champ and they are super power in ODI. So stay cool and see punter to deliver again in worldcup.

    Have fun man.

  • Bingaaa on June 25, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    @ZeeshanAshah what makes you say aus are a very normal side n blah blah blah if you think losing 2 odi's makes aus a very normal side then your team(I guess pakistan) is no good to be playing with international teams and should be playing alongside kenya scotland and associates teams to get into Icc events..

  • Protik_from_Dhaka on June 25, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    @Zeeshan- having one or two injuries is one thing and missing the entire first as well as second string bowling line up is something else---for your kind information.

    Ideally- Lee, Johnson and Siddle is supposed to form Australia's current first choice ODI pace trio...while Hilfy, Bollinger and Tait acting as back ups. Bollinger, IMO.. is merely Australia's seventh or eighth best pace bowler for ODIs given Bracken and Clark is still in the cricket scene. While...Clint McKay.....he is hardly among the top 10. And now, they are forming the opening attack.

  • Protik_from_Dhaka on June 25, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    In my two decades of watching the game, I have hardly seen an Australian outfit without a few major injuries. Well, that's the part of the game. Still, they have played high quality cricket for most part. The thing is.... lately, the Australian selectors, thinking long term... are risking a few games to give exposure to younger kids instead of sticking with the old guys. Otherwise, they could easily find a better replacement in Bracken, Hilfy and Clark.

    No…..no one here is taking this bout of injuries as an 'excuse'. But now that they have lost two matches (or may loose the next one as well)……some people are already rating Australia down to a 'normal' side. How funny!

  • adam_clone on June 25, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Gone are the good'ol days of the yellow domination. Teams now have a good palette for Kangaroo pie'n stew for lunch'n dinner these days. India'n SAF are already ahead of the aussies. Now it looks like the poms've taken to Kangaroo roast! Wake up aussies. You can keep on claiming a stronger team on paper. But the fact of the matter is that the aussies miss a certain Glenn Mcgrath and o'course Warnie. The only bowler worth any mention is Johnson, who is only as good as 'better than avg' by international standards. Ponting is good for a certain style of play. But it no longer works, when the team misses the likes of Gilly'n Haydo to compensate for the team's cause. I wonder why all those years Punter's name was put alongside the Tendulkars and the Laras. Bowlers have figured him out, and now he can retire as a good batsman, but never a great one. As for 'SeaforthA1's mention on 'Haddin'. Wake up buddy! He was, is and never will be any better than average. Paine or Haddin, no difference!!

  • Winsome on June 25, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Tait may not be able to last 10 overs. I can see why they've called for him as there are so many injuries, but surely Nannes may have been a better pick? This is what happens when you give a player a CA contract, you have to play him over other players.

  • CrickFans007 on June 25, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    @ SeaforthA1Hello MR ! when Australia were Beating other teams in past no one from other side gave bad excuse like their major players are injured etc Now Australia should not complain and should not give any excuse about their bowler PAKISTAN were missing thier man bowlers Umer gul and SHoib in T20 WC but they did not give this excuse, I think Australia Now over and they they are very normal team and any team can beat them Thing will be more clear when AUS will face PAK in t20 and test after two weeks,PAKISTAN and INDIA Would be tough teams in WOrlDCuP 2011

  • Something_Witty on June 25, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Gilly4ever. I believe Mitchell Marsh is actually injured as well.

  • Naren on June 25, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I am not sure why nobody is mentioning Dirk Nannes. He has been the pick of the bowlers recently.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 25, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I'd actually rather see a young player like Mitchell Marsh given a shot with this many injuries around.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 25, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I would be surprised if Tait could survive at full pace etc for a full 50 overs as he hasn't been performing domestically at 50 over level. A pretty bad choice really. Surely a Bracken or a Stuart Clark would have been better, if going for a paceman.

  • on June 25, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    It is dissapointing that Hauritz is going home. Shaun Tait was a real surprise call!! Steven Smith in for Test Debut!! Great!! He would is the only Leg Spinner all rounder after Shahid Afridi! He could be asset to the team as besides his batting and bowling qualities he is also one of the greatest fielder of Australia.

  • RichHamilton on June 25, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I think ryfka is spot on - The aura of invincibility has gone. Teams no longer see Aus on the fixture list with dread, but an opportunity for a scalp. HOWEVER, just like India, they remain a different prospect at home and England supporters should bear in mind that the Poms have not won anything down under since 1987. That's 23 years... I mean, Thatcher was Prime Minister, Regan was in the White House, the cold war was still happening, and most of the Sky Sports commentary team were playing....Poms should not get carried away until the ultimate goal has been achieved - an Ashes series victory in Aus.

  • _Australian_ on June 25, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    People who are commenting here have seemed to forget that Australia are without the injured Lee, Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Harris and now Hauritz. Lets not forget Haddin. Take out Englands best 5 bowlers and their keeper and see how they would fare. You can not make any assesment of any team on this series as Australia are missing too many players.

  • milepost on June 25, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Ahh guys don't you think 2 matches in is a little too soon to start making sweeping generalisations? I'm expecting Australia to bounce back well. 5-0 England? Unlikely. England will know that Australia will still think that they will come back to win the series 3-2. England are playing well and Australia haven't yet. I can't make any prediction - what's the point of that? "totally dominant"? OK let's see how much so on Sunday. "out of ODI and T20"?. Did you see the world cup recently? Back to work lads.

  • SnowSnake on June 25, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Great choice by Australia. There was another guy with a beard, who bowled in T20 for Australia. I am not sure why he is not selected as well. He may be a better bowler than Harris.

  • on June 25, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    most of these comments here are a joke! saying australia arent the force they use to be and they should accept it, well, im pretty sure they already have commented and said that. Australia have lost 2 games and you call them a force that isn't even worth considering ha! please what a joke, they are the champion trophy winners and won against india with a team that was a b class team. even though the batsmen have been playing poorly they have more talent and presence than any other team australia 3-2

  • on June 25, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    England can claim to be aggressive and all against a weak bowling line up like the current one.But the fact is that they are as bad as they were.Ozzies are just making them look good because of their lacklustred performance.I remember in the Champions Trophy semi's, Morgan could'nt get bat on ball because of some extremely tight bowling by Shane Watson.He is overrated to say the least.Not to mention he is already being compared with the likes of Bevan and Hussey.C'mon guys!!!...get a life!.He will be exposed soon!!!

  • on June 25, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    @Sahir786 how about aussies winning every single odi series in the last 15 months and making into the world t20 final?hold your bull son its not over yet

  • on June 25, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Australia have already lost their Tests and T20s sports to India and South Africa. But, It had been unbeatable in ODIs before they began the series against England. Especially, two loses in a row is they have never faced since 1995. Australia would be bitten by Bangladesh and even by Ireland and Kenya if Rickey Ponting retired tomorrow. I can say one thing that Australia is not going to win the World Cup 2011. They seem to have lost all the leafs from the tree. England is doing well in England but they are still a small team in Subcontinent like India, SL, Pak and Bangladesh. It is early stage to stage that England is a very good ODI side but they are really doing well in recent time. Let me say one thing that "England' is not a single team it has so many players across the world.

  • GauthamVA on June 25, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Bring back bracken and warner.. show the real OZ !

  • ghazanfar23 on June 25, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    A message for aussies, 'dont worry...our pakistani batsmen can make any bowler look unplayable..Smith will take a bag of wickets in the series..'

  • on June 25, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    ha ha this is what i call Aussies hitting PANIC button...LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

  • TheDoctor394 on June 25, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    "Assuming Tait's body can handle the workload of ten overs..." What's going on with players' fitness levels today when ten overs in a day could be seen as a heavy workload?

  • ryfka on June 25, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Australians should accept this..the earlier the better..they are not the force they used to be..they are very much beatable by any team..they dnt have players like mcgrath,warne,hayden,gilchrist anymore and so they are struggling..with even ponting about to retire after the world cup they might just become any normal team which can be beaten in a test inside 3 days..they had a golden era where they had players who could take the team to victory from any situation..but not any more..it was the same with west indies..lets hope they also dnt do what the westindians did to themselves..but the fact remains..they are pretty normal beatable side which englishmen are proving now..!!!

  • landl47 on June 25, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I'm sorry to see Hauritz go, he was bowling well. Bad luck for him and Australia. I can't see England being bothered much by Tait and if he can't bowl his full 10 overs flat out then he'll be easy pickings. An average of 44 and economy rate over 6 in domestic cricket isn't very impressive. So far the problem the Aussies have had hasn't been so much with their bowling as their batting. This England team is going to get 240-260 pretty much every time, no matter who is bowling. This is a talented, fit and unified English squad and anything less than the Aussies' best isn't going to be (and hasn't been) enough. It will be interesting to see how both sides go against Pakistan. That might be a clue to the upcoming Ashes face-off.

  • boris6491 on June 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I honestly think this is the best thing that could have happened to Australia. Not really Tait's selection, although I am pleased for him as he has worked hard to come back, but regarding Hauritz's absence. No disrespect meant but I do feel that he has been overrated for a long period of time and now finally Steve Smith will get his chance to be Australia's number 1 and prove himself. He may not turn out to be the solution to our spinner's void, but at least we are trying new people and not sticking with a defensive and quite average spin bowler.

  • on June 25, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    C'mon Aussies, its time u show the real Oz. Cant bear engalnd beating australia.

  • on June 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Tait have to perform well and would try to take the series 3-2 for australia! Cmon Taity!

  • Harvey on June 25, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Good to see that the Aussies are getting desperate. The English batsmen will be licking their lips in anticipation of a run feast!

  • sahir786 on June 25, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    For austrailia it is over now,they are out of odi & t20 cricket atleast now. With the bowling attack they have it is really shame that they are the no.1 team in odis. In batting as well old guns are fading away & new guns are coming every now & then no consistency & if smith makes his test debut it is real shame for austrailan cricket a half batsman,half bowler & complete fielder making his debut

  • on June 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    tait should be in a team, if australia looking for there chances in this series...

  • Bigbanger666 on June 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Bingaaa with your comments on Tait and the batters. If Tait gets it right and his body holds up he would be more than a handfull for the World 11. The problem with the upper order bats is that other than Watson they are either not in form or just can't score quickly enough any way (eg Paine). They need batters with X factor who can win matches of their own bat. Guys like Warner and Ronchi should definately be in the team. Plus they are just great to watch when they go off.

  • on June 25, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I have seen every ball of the first two one-day internationals. England are totally dominant and Australia look bereft of confidence. The dismissal of Clarke at Cardiff encapsulated evertyhing about the series so far. Funny to say it but England are crushing Australia in a very Australian fashion from a few years ago - ultra aggresive with bat and ball and all over the Aussies like a rash in the field. Ponting and Cameron White's sobering assessments of the paucity of Australia's performances was spot on. England to win 5-0.

  • Bingaaa on June 25, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Good to have tait in the 11 atleast he provides an aggressive option for punter..Still think we can come back and take the series 3-2..Tait,bollinger and if harris is fit he should play and if harris isnt fit then it should be hazlewood and young smithy..We need out batters to take on the english bowling in an aggressive manner..Cmon Aussie!!!

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  • Bingaaa on June 25, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Good to have tait in the 11 atleast he provides an aggressive option for punter..Still think we can come back and take the series 3-2..Tait,bollinger and if harris is fit he should play and if harris isnt fit then it should be hazlewood and young smithy..We need out batters to take on the english bowling in an aggressive manner..Cmon Aussie!!!

  • on June 25, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I have seen every ball of the first two one-day internationals. England are totally dominant and Australia look bereft of confidence. The dismissal of Clarke at Cardiff encapsulated evertyhing about the series so far. Funny to say it but England are crushing Australia in a very Australian fashion from a few years ago - ultra aggresive with bat and ball and all over the Aussies like a rash in the field. Ponting and Cameron White's sobering assessments of the paucity of Australia's performances was spot on. England to win 5-0.

  • Bigbanger666 on June 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Bingaaa with your comments on Tait and the batters. If Tait gets it right and his body holds up he would be more than a handfull for the World 11. The problem with the upper order bats is that other than Watson they are either not in form or just can't score quickly enough any way (eg Paine). They need batters with X factor who can win matches of their own bat. Guys like Warner and Ronchi should definately be in the team. Plus they are just great to watch when they go off.

  • on June 25, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    tait should be in a team, if australia looking for there chances in this series...

  • sahir786 on June 25, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    For austrailia it is over now,they are out of odi & t20 cricket atleast now. With the bowling attack they have it is really shame that they are the no.1 team in odis. In batting as well old guns are fading away & new guns are coming every now & then no consistency & if smith makes his test debut it is real shame for austrailan cricket a half batsman,half bowler & complete fielder making his debut

  • Harvey on June 25, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Good to see that the Aussies are getting desperate. The English batsmen will be licking their lips in anticipation of a run feast!

  • on June 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Tait have to perform well and would try to take the series 3-2 for australia! Cmon Taity!

  • on June 25, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    C'mon Aussies, its time u show the real Oz. Cant bear engalnd beating australia.

  • boris6491 on June 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I honestly think this is the best thing that could have happened to Australia. Not really Tait's selection, although I am pleased for him as he has worked hard to come back, but regarding Hauritz's absence. No disrespect meant but I do feel that he has been overrated for a long period of time and now finally Steve Smith will get his chance to be Australia's number 1 and prove himself. He may not turn out to be the solution to our spinner's void, but at least we are trying new people and not sticking with a defensive and quite average spin bowler.

  • landl47 on June 25, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I'm sorry to see Hauritz go, he was bowling well. Bad luck for him and Australia. I can't see England being bothered much by Tait and if he can't bowl his full 10 overs flat out then he'll be easy pickings. An average of 44 and economy rate over 6 in domestic cricket isn't very impressive. So far the problem the Aussies have had hasn't been so much with their bowling as their batting. This England team is going to get 240-260 pretty much every time, no matter who is bowling. This is a talented, fit and unified English squad and anything less than the Aussies' best isn't going to be (and hasn't been) enough. It will be interesting to see how both sides go against Pakistan. That might be a clue to the upcoming Ashes face-off.