Ponting backs Tait to make a Test return

Published: Friday, July 2, 2010, 12:52 [IST]
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Ponting wants Tait to play Test cricket

London, July 2: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is so impressed with his fast bowler Shaun Tait, that he has reportedly urged the South Australian spearhead to make a comeback to Test cricket.

Tait has just played three test matches in his career and has not played a Test since 2008, when he withdrew from international cricket because of "emotional exhaustion" and he has since quit first-class cricket.

Tait at recent times has come along well as a T20 and one-day specialist for Australia and Ponting said that he probably would have little chance of convincing Tait to make a stunning red-ball comeback.

But asked if he might encourage him to return to long-form cricket, the Courier Mail quoted Ponting, as saying: "I''ll be talking to him about that, yeah."

"I''m sure a few of our boys will be having a whisper in his ear over the next few weeks. It''s nice to have that firepower and that wicket-taking ability," he added.

Tait's slinging bowling action puts incredible stress on his body, but if he could somehow find a way to remain injury free, he would be a special X-factor in Test cricket.

Tait with his unique action bowled at speeds of up to 155km/h in the fourth ODI, taking 1-23 and dismissing England captain Andrew Strauss with an out-swinger that was just about unplayable. He has added a fresh edge to Australia''s ODI attack.


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