Tait ready to be OZ answer to Indias reverse swing success

October 24th, 2008 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Oct 24 (ANI): Shaun Tait has declared that he is ready to be Ricky Pontings new stand over man as Australia search for a reverse swing king in India.

Twin threats Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan have mesmerised Australias batsman with relentless reverse swing to deliver a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series, FOX Sports reported.

Pontings only genuine Irish weapon Wild Thing Tait - put his hand up for national re-selection by dismantling NSW with a five-wicket haul during Wednesdays one-day clash in Adelaide.

Asked if he was prepared to lead a revenge swing assault against Indians, speedster Tait said: Definitely! If I get called up … brilliant. It is a bit of a confidence game, especially fast bowling, and I am pretty confident. If I was called in to do that I would definitely have a crack.

Taits 10-month break from the game was triggered by a mental and physical meltdown in Australias third-Test loss to India in Perth.

Taits late reverse movement against the Blues was similar to that generated by the Indians using their innovative across-the-seam grip with the new ball. But the Indian pacemen do not deliver it wrapped in 150km/h thunderbolts.

It came out well without trying too hard, said Tait, on his perfection of the mysterious art.

The ball was reverse swinging nicely at the end. The accuracy was good and I was pretty economical.

However, World Cup enforcer Tait, 25, suspects national selectors will take a conservative approach towards any recall.

I took a break from the game and because of that it has made it hard for me to just jog back into the side, he said. (ANI)

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