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

Tait replaces injured Hauritz in ODI squad


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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Abhinav 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...

  • Cameron 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.

  • alya 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.

  • rakesh sharma 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.

  • Baiju 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... !!

  • Tone 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

  • Guy 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.

  • Evan 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.

  • P 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.

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