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Lee and Tait win World Cup berths

Peter English

January 18, 2011

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Shaun Tait was off-colour in his first spell since clocking 100mph at Lord's on Sunday, Australia v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Edgbaston, July 5, 2010
Shaun Tait is aiming for a second global trophy with Australia after being picked in the 15-man squad © Getty Images

Australia will risk both Brett Lee and Shaun Tait at the World Cup after they were chosen in the 15-man squad for the trophy defence beginning in India next month. Peter Siddle and Xavier Doherty were not included while John Hastings, the Victoria allrounder, was named along with the injured duo of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

Hussey picked up a serious hamstring tear in Sunday's ODI win over England and underwent surgery today, while Ponting is recovering from an operation on his little finger. The pair will not appear in the rest of the one-day series and Shaun Marsh will supplement the remaining 13 players for the next three matches.

Hussey and Ponting do have time to recover before the tournament reaches the knockout stages, with the quarter finals beginning on March 23. Australia's opening match of the campaign is against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on February 21.

While Australia are now mid-table in Tests, they remain the No.1 side in the 50-over game and are aiming for their fourth consecutive World Cup win. Seven players who were part of the unbeaten 2007 success in the West Indies will attempt to achieve more glory.

Lee and Tait are returning from long-term elbow injuries but the selectors have kept faith in their speed, bodies and shock value. Lee, 34, captured two wickets on Sunday in his first ODI since October 2009 as he reached 150kph, while Tait missed the game with a back injury. Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger are the other quicks in the unit, with Hastings and Shane Watson enlisted to provide support.

"Hastings has been selected as he adds variety to our bowling options," Hilditch said. "We feel his bowling is well suited to subcontinent conditions and his all-round skills with bat and ball add to the flexibility of the squad."

Nathan Hauritz is the sole recognised spinner but Steven Smith and David Hussey will also be relied on to deliver regular overs. "Nathan is our preferred spin option and his one-day record in India is excellent," Hilditch said. Hauritz has played seven 50-over games in the country, taking four wickets at 70.75. Hilditch's panel did not pick Hauritz during the entire Ashes campaign but now he expects the offspinner to "be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup".

David Hussey's mix of hard-hitting batting and part-time offspin have earned him a trip, despite him playing his first one-day game in more than a year on Sunday. "We feel he will play a crucial role for us in sub-continental conditions," Hilditch said. Tim Paine is the back-up wicketkeeper and will also be a standby batsman.

Australia squad Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Cameron White, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Doug Bollinger.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

i wish aussies fall at the first hurdle so that the selectors get some stick and would be able to make some sensible decisions........ smith is like most over rated player in the whole cricketing world warner shud also b given chance in odis if smith is getting chances in all the 3 formats

Posted by nithin on (January 20, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

stuart clark might hav been a gr8 choice on indian tracks

Posted by Samarth on (January 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

where Is SHAUN MARSH who i sin 10000 times better form than Michael Clarke......CAMERON WHITE should lead Australia and against England ....be deputy to Ricky Ponting.... PETER SIDDLE who took 14 wickets

Posted by Andrew on (January 20, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

@ tim72 - don't mind you having a spray, but please get your facts straight - Harris & McKay are injured. @Srikan - I think most Ozzys think the squad sucks. I think the side is capable, but will rely on an old blueprint for success (pace, pace & more pace). I know a lot of people rate Marsh, but I don't. He's hit 1 ton in 25 matches, & his S/R is worse than Clarke but everyone seems to want Clarke dropped for being slow. I think Tait is a good option if he is fit & can bowl 150km. In regards Smith, I think Smith is a better leggie than Brad Hogg who Oz won 2 World Cups with. So Hauritz/Smith/D Hussey/Clarke/White is not a bad spin posse.

Posted by S. on (January 20, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

I am an Indian but I follow Australia very closely since the late 70s. It seems Australian selectors are losing focus here. I've never seen such a weak Australian world cup team. On the bowling front, has Ryan Harris still not recovered from the injury, where is Peter Siddle? Going with Shaun Tait is a mistake. Steven Smith is overrated, Hauritz is a good call but Shaun Marsh is a notable omission. I would be interested in knowing what Aussie fans think of this squad.

Posted by tim on (January 19, 2011, 23:40 GMT)

attrocious squad selected.... where is ryan harris, and clint mckay?...how the hell does clarke and ponting get to be in there?!..and nathan hauritz?!..ODIs are no place for specialist spinners these days with power plays. the spinner MUST be able to bat. Tait, Bollinger, Hauritz, Clarke and Ponting should not be in the side. Aust will probably still fare reasonably, but South Africa, England and Sri Lanka will thrash them..India will thrash them if their batting goes right.

Posted by Martin on (January 19, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

The joker in the pack is Ponting - hasn't anyone noticed him in there!? Sure - he's in top form isn't he! Got found out every time he went to the crease lately.... Ponting - sorry - used to be good - but now?

Posted by Nihal on (January 19, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

I doubt this squad is capable of retaining the cup. Batting looks alright but the bowling department looks shaky if lee n tait get injured. They might as well play an extra bat instead of the specialist spinner. David Hussey n Cameron white are key in this area.

Posted by V.L on (January 19, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

@Kuruwita I would like to own a luxury Yacht my dear, but only one problem. I can't afford one! I read this somewhere: "If wishes were horses then beggars would ride"! Mark my words, over confidence is gonna drown the Lankans this time! Aus, Pak and SL from group B , Ind, SA and England/Bangladesh are gonna make it to the super six. SL and SA will be eliminated.

Posted by Michael on (January 19, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Every other country in the WC wants to stick the boot right into this lot,and hard. The blood is in the water and the sharks are moving in for the kill. Forget about a fourth WC ,Australia. The writing is on the wall, in glorious technicolour.

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