England v Australia, 5th ODI, Lord's July 3, 2010

Tait keeps options open for Ashes return

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Shaun Tait has left the door open for a return to Test cricket after producing one of the fastest spells ever seen at Lord's as he was clocked at 100mph. His 4 for 48 helped Australia to a 42-run victory as they reduced the series margin to 3-2, but it was the first three overs of his stint that really set pulses racing as he terrorised England's top order with a succession of hostile deliveries.

His opening over averaged 96mph and the fifth ball, to Craig Kieswetter, hit the three-figure mark . However, it was his third over that really damaged England as a searing delivery swung back to uproot Andrew Strauss's off stump before, two balls later, Michael Yardy shouldered arms at another lethal offering. In a sign that Tait's injury-prone body was being pushed to see how much it could handle, he sent down four overs before his first rest and while it is highly unlikely he can withstand the five-day game, it provides a tantalising prospect.

"I've never come out and said I've retired from the longer form," Tait said. "I haven't thought about it. I was pretty excited to be called up to the one-day side as I haven't been in it for over 12 months. I haven't played a four-day game for a long time now. I'm in a pretty good place right now. It's the first time for a long time I've stayed on the park as well. In the last eight or nine years I've been injured in each one, apart from this season."

After the fourth match of the series Ricky Ponting had been asked about persuading Tait back to Test cricket. Although the Australia captain has yet to speak to Tait about such a prospect, the idea of being able to unleash that raw pace in the five-day arena was clearly exciting even though the paceman hasn't played a first-class game since late 2008.

"I was asked the other day if I'd consider it and I certainly would," Ponting said, "but I was waiting to see how he came through these games. There are very few blokes in the world who can do what Shaun can and I think he showed today, even at very good top-order batsmen like Strauss, that he can bowl a ball that can get anyone out. And he has the ability to do that with the red ball as well.

"Ultimately it's up to him, but I know he wants to play a lot more cricket for Australia and if he has that desire and bowls like he has done here he'll be difficult to leave out. If it's another one or two-Test series I'll take any game he can play for us."

A more realistic prospect is that Tait can reprise the strike-bowler role he performed with great success at the 2007 World Cup in next year's tournament, as Australia aim for four titles in a row. Tait's performances in this series, where he finished with eight wickets at 12.37 from the three matches, enabled Australia to make up some lost ground on England after they had launched the series with two poor displays marked by a distinct lack of firepower at the Rose Bowl and Cardiff.

"I think he's made an impression on all their batters he's bowled at in this series," Ponting said. "I think Straussy will be pretty happy he's not playing in the next couple of games after that ball today."

"He was pretty quick today and he got the ball swinging a bit as well, which makes it harder," Strauss admitted. "It would certainly be up there with spells I've faced from Shoaib Akhtar and [Brett] Lee. He had a big impact on the result of the game, taking early wickets and putting us on the back foot early on."

Tait had woken in the morning feeling "stiff and sore" and was unaware he'd broken the hundred barrier until team-mates mentioned it but he knew he was in good rhythm from the Pavilion End. "That's the quickest I've bowled, recorded at least," he said.

"I've bowled 160 three times in my career so it's not the easiest thing to do. There are those days you come out and are at the top of your mark that you know your body is in decent shape. I was actually stiff and sore this morning but once I'd done the warm-ups I was fine and that first over I knew it was around that mark."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • 2.14istherunrate on July 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Tait is one of those bowlers who changes the perameters of batsmanship.It's still a man's game when he bowls. I think England will need to take Harmison along as their deterrent for the Ashes.

  • on July 5, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Why no one is making any note of Ricky Ponting's poor form over an year or so?He is highly inconsistent these days and has left playing those match winning innings long ago.Just a score of 90 to show in a match out of 5 innings is not what Australia needs.I think He's patchy form is the main reosen for Australia's scratchy performances even though they have the best cricketing talents at their disposal.Its quite unaustralian to provide so many chances to the beleagured Ricky considering what the Australian selectors did to Michael Slater,Steve Waugh,and Michael Bevan to name a few.I think they are biding the time for next year's world cup and the change of captain is imminent after the world cup.

  • popcorn on July 5, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Shaun Tait rightfully won the Man of the Match award in the 5th ODI - for the most hostile fast bowling seen in recent years. "Recent years?" said Michael Holding, also known as Whispering Death for his lethal fast bowling."Donkey's years!" he told Michael Atherton.

  • on July 5, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Naveenathan's question is a fair one but easily answered. A lot of those runs came off hook shoots that were largely uncontrolled and could just as easily been wickets. Collingwood was the only player to score authoritatively off him with some excellent strokeplay. His two balls to Strauss and Yardy were formidable - unplayable would be an exaggeration. Strauss was attempting an orthodox defensive shot. There was no error in judgment or shot selection, the ball just moved too much too fast and tore out the off stump of a solid batsmen in good form.

  • Something_Witty on July 4, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    @landl, I think you'll find England weren't actually one batsman short with Pietersen, if you were actually watching you'd have seen that his footwork was fine when he played the cut shot that got him out, he just played over the top of the ball. I'd like for you to explain what exactly England have done to show that they can come anywhere near Australia over 5 days. Anderson's bowling performance last game was laughable, given that the pitch was seeming all over the place AND swinging, I really found it hilarious to watch him bang the ball in back of a length and waste the new ball. Tim Bresnan - is he in your test side? Seriously? Look no further than his figures please. Better hope Finn is all he's hyped up to be Broad and Swann seem like your only semi-decent bowlers at the moment, but Broad really is looking like another Harmison to me, I'll be watching to see where his first ball in Aus is fielded. And Swann, well he's going to be a finger spinner in Australia. Enough said really

  • gnomeorram on July 4, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    'Strordinary really. You spend your entire life as an England cricket fan hyping up chronic injury cases, mapping out naive flights of fancy and carefully tugging the wool over your eyes in the months running up to the Ashes. Then all of a sudden, the cards are shuffled and you're looking at a bunch of desperate, deluded Aussies going through the same tragic motions in your place. Guys: Tait will not play in the Ashes, for the simple reason that it would leave Oz a bowler short for the entire second innings (at best) of the first Test he played in. He is a Simon Jones / Sid Lawrence waiting to happen. Plod: don't expect to see Luke Wright and Paul Collingwood trundling in at Brisbane in November. Steve Finn might be a bit of a surprise though. Swann and Broad are both shaping up for a very big series too. (Incidentally, when you call it a meaningless ODI series, do you mean to imply that Straya didn't care about it? Think Ponting and the boys might be interested to hear that...)

  • __PK on July 4, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    I think Tait is a fantastic bowler in T20. He's a very useful bowler in ODI's, except that he's very limited in how you can use him and won't often get through 10 overs, which is a problem for a specialist bowler. But Test cricket? He's only dangerous when you take risks to score off him. Any decent batting lineup would just block him out and sledge him about his fitness. On the other hand, you'd love to have him bowling at the tail - I reckon he'd get a lot of wickets this way, like an express Murali without a suspect action.

  • Jarr30 on July 4, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    If Tait would'nt have come good in the last game then Cricket Austraila were desperately planning to include John Howard in the playing eleven since his ouster from ICC post.

  • 68704 on July 4, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Australia are well placed with both Tait and Nannes hanging around in the sidelines. Tait may not be a test player yet but he could be useful in next year"s world cup , which will be in the subcontinent and where the ball tends to reverse. It was interesting to see how the English batsmen were struggling when the speed gun touched 100 miles . He can be very disconcerting. Of course there is a big question mark about his fitness. Australia do have enough resources who are waiting in the wings and can afford to pick and choose . Tait is a bit of a shock factor. He can be a big factor in Australia"s success in future. Interesting times ahead. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • plod on July 4, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    As a proud South Aussie, was absolutely stoked with the Big Rig's performance at LORDS. To any England fan getting carried away with a 3-2 victory, stop dreaming. You will get thrashed in OZ. To LANDL47, what have Kevin Pieterson or Keiswetter done in these One dayers? How can you say you were batting one short, it was at least 2 short! Your medium pacers will not bowl Australia out twice in 3 test matches let alone 5. So bring on the Ashes. We played poorly and you won a meaningless ODI series. By the way, who are your matchwinners in the 5 day arena???

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Tait is one of those bowlers who changes the perameters of batsmanship.It's still a man's game when he bowls. I think England will need to take Harmison along as their deterrent for the Ashes.

  • on July 5, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Why no one is making any note of Ricky Ponting's poor form over an year or so?He is highly inconsistent these days and has left playing those match winning innings long ago.Just a score of 90 to show in a match out of 5 innings is not what Australia needs.I think He's patchy form is the main reosen for Australia's scratchy performances even though they have the best cricketing talents at their disposal.Its quite unaustralian to provide so many chances to the beleagured Ricky considering what the Australian selectors did to Michael Slater,Steve Waugh,and Michael Bevan to name a few.I think they are biding the time for next year's world cup and the change of captain is imminent after the world cup.

  • popcorn on July 5, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Shaun Tait rightfully won the Man of the Match award in the 5th ODI - for the most hostile fast bowling seen in recent years. "Recent years?" said Michael Holding, also known as Whispering Death for his lethal fast bowling."Donkey's years!" he told Michael Atherton.

  • on July 5, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Naveenathan's question is a fair one but easily answered. A lot of those runs came off hook shoots that were largely uncontrolled and could just as easily been wickets. Collingwood was the only player to score authoritatively off him with some excellent strokeplay. His two balls to Strauss and Yardy were formidable - unplayable would be an exaggeration. Strauss was attempting an orthodox defensive shot. There was no error in judgment or shot selection, the ball just moved too much too fast and tore out the off stump of a solid batsmen in good form.

  • Something_Witty on July 4, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    @landl, I think you'll find England weren't actually one batsman short with Pietersen, if you were actually watching you'd have seen that his footwork was fine when he played the cut shot that got him out, he just played over the top of the ball. I'd like for you to explain what exactly England have done to show that they can come anywhere near Australia over 5 days. Anderson's bowling performance last game was laughable, given that the pitch was seeming all over the place AND swinging, I really found it hilarious to watch him bang the ball in back of a length and waste the new ball. Tim Bresnan - is he in your test side? Seriously? Look no further than his figures please. Better hope Finn is all he's hyped up to be Broad and Swann seem like your only semi-decent bowlers at the moment, but Broad really is looking like another Harmison to me, I'll be watching to see where his first ball in Aus is fielded. And Swann, well he's going to be a finger spinner in Australia. Enough said really

  • gnomeorram on July 4, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    'Strordinary really. You spend your entire life as an England cricket fan hyping up chronic injury cases, mapping out naive flights of fancy and carefully tugging the wool over your eyes in the months running up to the Ashes. Then all of a sudden, the cards are shuffled and you're looking at a bunch of desperate, deluded Aussies going through the same tragic motions in your place. Guys: Tait will not play in the Ashes, for the simple reason that it would leave Oz a bowler short for the entire second innings (at best) of the first Test he played in. He is a Simon Jones / Sid Lawrence waiting to happen. Plod: don't expect to see Luke Wright and Paul Collingwood trundling in at Brisbane in November. Steve Finn might be a bit of a surprise though. Swann and Broad are both shaping up for a very big series too. (Incidentally, when you call it a meaningless ODI series, do you mean to imply that Straya didn't care about it? Think Ponting and the boys might be interested to hear that...)

  • __PK on July 4, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    I think Tait is a fantastic bowler in T20. He's a very useful bowler in ODI's, except that he's very limited in how you can use him and won't often get through 10 overs, which is a problem for a specialist bowler. But Test cricket? He's only dangerous when you take risks to score off him. Any decent batting lineup would just block him out and sledge him about his fitness. On the other hand, you'd love to have him bowling at the tail - I reckon he'd get a lot of wickets this way, like an express Murali without a suspect action.

  • Jarr30 on July 4, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    If Tait would'nt have come good in the last game then Cricket Austraila were desperately planning to include John Howard in the playing eleven since his ouster from ICC post.

  • 68704 on July 4, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Australia are well placed with both Tait and Nannes hanging around in the sidelines. Tait may not be a test player yet but he could be useful in next year"s world cup , which will be in the subcontinent and where the ball tends to reverse. It was interesting to see how the English batsmen were struggling when the speed gun touched 100 miles . He can be very disconcerting. Of course there is a big question mark about his fitness. Australia do have enough resources who are waiting in the wings and can afford to pick and choose . Tait is a bit of a shock factor. He can be a big factor in Australia"s success in future. Interesting times ahead. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • plod on July 4, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    As a proud South Aussie, was absolutely stoked with the Big Rig's performance at LORDS. To any England fan getting carried away with a 3-2 victory, stop dreaming. You will get thrashed in OZ. To LANDL47, what have Kevin Pieterson or Keiswetter done in these One dayers? How can you say you were batting one short, it was at least 2 short! Your medium pacers will not bowl Australia out twice in 3 test matches let alone 5. So bring on the Ashes. We played poorly and you won a meaningless ODI series. By the way, who are your matchwinners in the 5 day arena???

  • mriaz on July 4, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    tais vs shoaib..ecxiting one in T20.i feel tail would take a lead over shoiab as he is in much better form and rythm..

  • milepost on July 4, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Tait was exciting yesterday. If he'd be good for 10/12 overs a day in a test I'd pick him. His ability is almost unique. I'm sure the english batsmen would rather face those overs from somebody else..... Besides records and averages are irrelevant. You're only as good as your current form and he is sizzling. I'd like to see Eoin Morgan in Australia. He seems an exceptional player. I hope both sides field their best teams (fitness and injury permitting) and we see a great series. It was was hard being an Aussie in the Uk in 2005 but my goodness the cricket was fantastic wasn't it? I don't think it's realistic to see Tait but how bout a few overs in Brisbane and Perth from him? I'd be having nightmares already......

  • on July 4, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    if he is that good...(probably very good and superb - according to the article), why is his RR(5.64) is worst than other main bowlers. in fact it is only better to hussey(11.00) , he may have pace and one delivery per over that may get the batsmen out. but if you begin to use the pace as Sachin or inzy then it wont be a problem. you can score from him or at least wickets will not fall if you find that particular effort ball in the over and sorted it out.

  • Winsome on July 4, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    He's nowhere near test cricket, this is just the usual journalistic hype. He doesn't even want to play test cricket as it screws his body over.

  • on July 4, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    But his fitness is a big question mark !!!

  • on July 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    This article is a joke, I guess. Tait and test, they have only one thing in common, the letter T. Tait is not suited to bowl more than 3 overs consecutively will play test. Shame on Australia, who once used to produce the fittest players around the globe.

  • Godfather007 on July 4, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Tait bowled extremely well in last match & his showdown with Shoaib Akhtar in the 2 T20'S would be mouthwatering.For his comeback to test matches I think he should stay away from them,remember the thrashing he got from Indians in the Perth test.........21-1-92-0 were his match figures.As a result he announced immediate retirement.His body can't stand for 5 days.Test cricket definitely is not his cup of tea.Aussies should utilise him judiciously in the shorter formats of the game.

  • Stang75 on July 4, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Tait needs to learn a second gear. I think he's got carried away with the speed gun. His 1st class domestic record is good, but back in those days he didn't grunt like Monica Seles or Maria Sharapova and he didn't try to bowl every single delivery at 160km/h. He had more rhythm. I think if wants to play Test cricket, he needs to bowl a bit slower in general, and save himself for the occasional express effort ball.

  • Aussasinator on July 4, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    England would have lost it had it been a 7 match series. This 3-2 margin showed that England totally lacks the killer instinct . They've lost a bit of emphasis here as also the opportunity to leave behind some scars before the Ashes. It's Australia and tait, who have their tails up before the Ashes now. I was hoping for a 4-1 at least but these English lads have disappointed me and a lot of followers. One simply cannot bank on this team. I fear a major Ashes whitewash for England.

  • John-Price on July 4, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    What's all this about a 100 mph delivery? It is not recorded on Cricinfo commentary - http://www.cricinfo.com/england-v-australia-2010/engine/match/426391.html?bowler=17780;innings=2;view=commentary . Neither did it crop up on the Sky live broadcast, which itself gave speeds different from Cricinfo (eg ball 1 was 97 mph per Sky, 95 per cricinfo). What is going on?

  • landl47 on July 4, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Tait certainly bowled well, but England, playing one batsman short because Pietersen was injured and obviously couldn't move the way he normally does, still got to within 42 of Australia and, if it hadn't been for a superb piece of fielding by Ponting, might have got very close. The other bowlers didn't trouble England that much and without Tait Australia's attack looked pretty ordinary. Shaun Marsh batted well and Hussey finally came good after a run of low scores, but Australia's top order didn't look good. Unless Tait can get fit enough to play 5-day cricket, Australia won't have found much here that will make them think they can beat England over 5 days.

  • balajik1968 on July 4, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    I think it would be premature to fast track Tait to the Aussie test side. The guy has'nt played 3 or 4 day cricket in a long time, and how his body would take the strain is unknown. Maybe they should ask him to play a few first class/club games before taking the call.

  • enigma77543 on July 4, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    BillyCC,most pacers don't bowl too many more than 20 overs a day but forget 20,even IF Tait gives 15 overs a day,IN THIS FORM,he's worth picking. I've never been a Tait fan as such but just the way he's bowled in 3 ODIs, I think it'd be a waste not to play him in Tests,especially,in this kind of form.I also acknowledge your point about him being incosistent & leaking plenty of runs but in his current form,even if he bowls his 15 for 100-4,I'd take it coz the economy rate ceases to matter as long as one is picking up wickets at good rate,besides,he's also showed in these ODIs that he CAN BE economical Joey, there's no NEED as such to play Smith to play Tait; out of the 90 overs in the day,even if Tait can bowl 15overs + Watson has shown he can come up with 10-15 decent overs + Clarke & Katich can cheap in IF NEEDED which leaves MAXIMUM of 60 overs to other 3 bowlers at 20 a piece which is what full-bowlers are expected to bowl in a day so no need for Smith at 6,Aus has better batters

  • hris on July 4, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    theres no need to play tait in test matches we have got other good bowlers.Tait will probably break down like what happened in the perth test. the last thing we want is him getting injured. and why is Nannes not in the team, its total stupidity from the selectors. he was the best bowler in the T20 world cup. if tait can play one dayers then surely nannes can too. Just ask any other team whether they would like to have nannes in their team. i am sure they would gladly accept. but these idiotic aussie selectors prefer to play clint mckay or josh hazlewood.

  • Scgboy on July 4, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    To give credit where its due, England played well.That said , the Australian fight back left me breathing a lot easier.

    As others have said , Tait has real potential (In the longer form of the game ) but only used judiciously. Make you appreciate Brett lee now doesn't it. Thats the last of i hope not but it may be a dying breed.

  • on July 4, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    @ JoeyBaxter. That bowling attack sounds brilliant. You'd have Johnson, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus, Tait, Smith and Watson would be a top notch attack and provide the Aussies with a heap of firepower. The only issue is how Tait's body holds up. He played 2 ODI's and was complaining about being stiff for the third. Could he keep his pace up over a period of 5 days? Is his body able to cope with playing 5 days? Questionable...

  • popcorn on July 4, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Goodah,mates! Shaun Marsh is a sureshot for the 2011 ODI World Cup in the subcontinent. He was the x factor in the 2007 ODI World Cup, which Australia won, and it will be great to see him tearing apart all the other countries too!

  • starsagitarian on July 4, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    having a Jetlite pacer on a juicy sporting pitch is something every cricket crazy fan yearns for... !! I was so exited to see Shaun Tait bowling into the wind at Wellington earlier this year... another of those encounters awaits if he gets the new ball at the Gabba against england... !! He is a kind of prospect that should be groomed exclusively at places where there is enough juice to showcase his skills... places like SCG, Perth, Gabba, Basin reserve Wellington,Kingsmead Durban, Lords, Bridgetown Barbados, Sabina park in Jamaica, etc, would be the ideal places for him to bowl without dragging it beyond his limits... !! He should be preserved and should be used as a surprise weapon when required... i guess Cricket Australia would be wise enough to understand what his body can cope with at the international level... !! It would be a disaster if he is in the squad to tour India... definately not... !!

  • bjcm12 on July 4, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Well done Aussies you bounced back. England has no domination for a long period and this is a classic example. Ashes - Tait needs to play and Ponting will guide his men to victory.

  • Benkl on July 4, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Even if he bowls 10 overs for 2 days he is an interestign prospect for the ashes at home , obviously on the more green pitches. WIth Watson /Smith you could do it.. Nannes is probbaly Australias best bowler now ..

  • SnowSnake on July 4, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Tait has been terrific. I am slightly disappointed in batting from both teams. Not a single innings over 300. Either balling was extremely good or batting from both teams was average or both. I can't wait for Aus-Pak test series. I hope all the top bowlers from Australia are included. Despite great bowling, I am betting on Pak. to win the test series. I think bowling for both teams is pretty well matched. I give Pak. a slight edge over Aus. Let's see how it pans out.

  • on July 4, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    The great "whitewashers" turned into "whitefaced batsmen" ah la Shaun Tait , The Frightener . I bet the Poms were glad that it was not a 7 match series . Instead of 3-2 to them , it would have been 4-3 to good old aussie boys . Anyway , you may all breath a little easier , well , until November at least . Even then I don't think he will bowl in Test Matches because that would reduce gate-takings as Matches would be all over in 3 days . Com'on Aussie Com'on. You fair dinkum little beauties .

  • JoeyBaxter on July 4, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    I think the only way that tait could play tests is if he was used like he has been in this ODI series. That is, only a few overs at a time. To allow for this Australia would need to include a few all rounders. So play SPD Smith at number 6 and then Bollinger, Johnson, Hilfenhaus and Tait as the four quicks with Watson chipping in with some overs. Test cricket certainly would become very exciting with Taity in the ranks!

  • on July 4, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    SO , the anticipated whitewash became the whitefaced Batsmen for England . As for the result 3-2 , its just as well it wasn't a 7 match series ! Don't worry my pommie friends you will not have to face him in a Test match , unless of course things go a bit pear shaped . A 5 day Test Match will not be the best place to test his stamina , as much as we all like to see the express pace of a very quick bowler .

  • on July 4, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Umair_Umair yourguys haven´t got a chance against the Aussies, never have never wiil.

  • Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on July 3, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    I am loving the build up to the showdown between Tait and Akhtar, both can throw the ball at 100 mph but Tait cant swing it like my hero Akhtar. Perhaps Tait needs an Afridi in the side to give the ball a few strategic bites, that is one area where Pakistan the edge, a very sharp one at that

  • BillyCC on July 3, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    I would not be even considering picking Tait for the Test series. He is inconsistent and physically unable to bowl more than 20 quality overs in a day. He is more likely to bleed runs than take wickets. The only scenario I would ever pick him is if the pitch has so much juice in it that it would have life in it over 5 days. Sadly, Australia does not have any pitches like that anymore, and the GABBA is the closest that comes to it.

  • on July 3, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Much as I like pakistan, Amir, Umar and Shoaib are pop guns next to Tait, Nannes, Johnson, Harris, Bollinger, etc. etc.

  • on July 3, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Its great that world cricket FINALLY has that EXPRESS-PACE Star bowler its been crying for since Ahktar and Brett Lee in their primes. Today's game Tait was absolutely amazing to watch, not sure if he can handle a full test match.... but that would certainly be worrying England!!

  • Umair_umair on July 3, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    A lesson for Media/Cricinfo ? "Why not to talk about bragging rights and white wash, just after the first 2 matches of a 5 match sries."

    England may have won 3-2 but for me it was just two parts "before Tait and after Tait". However, I would like to add Nannes into the 50 over ODI attack of Aus.

    For now, just looking forward to see these two in action against my team. That is - Pakistan. At the same time Amir , Sohaib Akhter and Umer Gul.

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  • Umair_umair on July 3, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    A lesson for Media/Cricinfo ? "Why not to talk about bragging rights and white wash, just after the first 2 matches of a 5 match sries."

    England may have won 3-2 but for me it was just two parts "before Tait and after Tait". However, I would like to add Nannes into the 50 over ODI attack of Aus.

    For now, just looking forward to see these two in action against my team. That is - Pakistan. At the same time Amir , Sohaib Akhter and Umer Gul.

  • on July 3, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Its great that world cricket FINALLY has that EXPRESS-PACE Star bowler its been crying for since Ahktar and Brett Lee in their primes. Today's game Tait was absolutely amazing to watch, not sure if he can handle a full test match.... but that would certainly be worrying England!!

  • on July 3, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Much as I like pakistan, Amir, Umar and Shoaib are pop guns next to Tait, Nannes, Johnson, Harris, Bollinger, etc. etc.

  • BillyCC on July 3, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    I would not be even considering picking Tait for the Test series. He is inconsistent and physically unable to bowl more than 20 quality overs in a day. He is more likely to bleed runs than take wickets. The only scenario I would ever pick him is if the pitch has so much juice in it that it would have life in it over 5 days. Sadly, Australia does not have any pitches like that anymore, and the GABBA is the closest that comes to it.

  • Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on July 3, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    I am loving the build up to the showdown between Tait and Akhtar, both can throw the ball at 100 mph but Tait cant swing it like my hero Akhtar. Perhaps Tait needs an Afridi in the side to give the ball a few strategic bites, that is one area where Pakistan the edge, a very sharp one at that

  • on July 4, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Umair_Umair yourguys haven´t got a chance against the Aussies, never have never wiil.

  • on July 4, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    SO , the anticipated whitewash became the whitefaced Batsmen for England . As for the result 3-2 , its just as well it wasn't a 7 match series ! Don't worry my pommie friends you will not have to face him in a Test match , unless of course things go a bit pear shaped . A 5 day Test Match will not be the best place to test his stamina , as much as we all like to see the express pace of a very quick bowler .

  • JoeyBaxter on July 4, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    I think the only way that tait could play tests is if he was used like he has been in this ODI series. That is, only a few overs at a time. To allow for this Australia would need to include a few all rounders. So play SPD Smith at number 6 and then Bollinger, Johnson, Hilfenhaus and Tait as the four quicks with Watson chipping in with some overs. Test cricket certainly would become very exciting with Taity in the ranks!

  • on July 4, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    The great "whitewashers" turned into "whitefaced batsmen" ah la Shaun Tait , The Frightener . I bet the Poms were glad that it was not a 7 match series . Instead of 3-2 to them , it would have been 4-3 to good old aussie boys . Anyway , you may all breath a little easier , well , until November at least . Even then I don't think he will bowl in Test Matches because that would reduce gate-takings as Matches would be all over in 3 days . Com'on Aussie Com'on. You fair dinkum little beauties .

  • SnowSnake on July 4, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Tait has been terrific. I am slightly disappointed in batting from both teams. Not a single innings over 300. Either balling was extremely good or batting from both teams was average or both. I can't wait for Aus-Pak test series. I hope all the top bowlers from Australia are included. Despite great bowling, I am betting on Pak. to win the test series. I think bowling for both teams is pretty well matched. I give Pak. a slight edge over Aus. Let's see how it pans out.