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.