Tait ready to fill Lee’s place

Shaun Tait has spoken out saying he’s raring to get into the World Cup and show that he has the strike power to fill the void left by Brett Lee.

Tait is in direct competition with Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark to fill the third seamers spot with Glenn McGrath and Nathan Bracken expected starters.

Tait has only played four one-day internationals to date and taken five wickets at an average of 43.60 with an economy of 5.58.

Australian chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said: “Obviously we are missing Brett as a strike bowler and Shaun would regard himself as a strike bowler.”

“He comes more into the forefront. I was pretty happy with how Shaun went in New Zealand. We thought he played a pretty important role. They were very flat wickets and very small grounds and he had an impact.”

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