Tait in preliminary squad for Champions Trophy

July 10th, 2008 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, July 10 (IANS) Fast bowler Shaun Tait took the first step in his comeback as he was named in Australia’s 30-member preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy cricket tournament. The Australian selectors also included six uncapped players– Tasmanian quartet George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Brett Geeves and Tim Paine, Queensland all-rounder Ryan Harris and New South Wales (NSW) paceman Doug Bollinger.

Tait, who had announced indefinite retirement from cricket in January citing emotional and physical exhaustion, has not represented his country since.

But the 25-year-old paceman, who starred in Australia’s triumphant World Cup campaign last year, was included in the squad, which will be halved in a month’s time for the September tournament.

“Shaun Tait has been included as he continues his extensive rehabilitation program to resume playing cricket,” Australian chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

“Shaun had a significant impact in our World Cup victory and at his best is a formidable weapon in one-day cricket.”

Australia have been drawn in a pool comprising India, Pakistan and the West Indies, and are scheduled to play their first match, against India, in Lahore September 13.

Australian squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), George Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Dan Cullen, Xavier Doherty, Brett Geeves, Ryan Harris, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Phil Jaques, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Ashley Noffke, Tim Paine, Luke Ronchi, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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