Deadly duo back for Aussies
Australia finally have the fearsome duo of Brett Lee and Shaun Tait available for the Chappell Hadlee Trophy.
Last Updated: 06/12/07 9:59am
Australia finally have the fearsome pace partners of Brett Lee and Shaun Tait available after the duo were included for the Chappell Hadlee Trophy series against New Zealand.
The two fastest bowlers in the world have only played one-day cricket together once previously with both struggling with injuries, but the Aussies now have both fully fit as they prepare to take on the Black Caps.
The 13-man Australia squad also includes all-rounder James Hopes and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin.
Brad Hodge has dropped out of the squad, with Michael Hussey returning to the side after missing the one-day series in India.
24-year-old Tait returns to the side from the first time since April after recovering from Elbow surgery, and skipper Ricky Ponting is relishing his partnership with Lee.
Tait insists he will not try and curb his need for speed to avoid further injury problems, and is looking forward to linking-up with Lee.
"That's one thing I'll refuse to do, is to bowl within myself," said Tait.
"If I'm going to bowl within myself I won't play - I want to go in and bowl as fast as I can.
"Brett Lee's 31 now and he's dominating, he's fit as he's ever been, he's bowling fast and swinging it.
"So if I can look at what he's doing at the moment and when I'm 31 if I'm bowling like that I'll be very happy."
30-year-old Haddin was delighted to have been included alongside regular wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, and believes he can make the final XI as a batsman in his own right.
"It's something I've been working on for a long time now, to be considered in the team on my own merits while Adam's still in the squad," said a delighted Haddin.
"It's been probably a four to five year process and it's finally come about in the Chappell Hadlee Trophy.
"I think there can be a place in the team for Adam and myself - I think that was shown in India and only time will tell."
Australia suffered a disappointing defeat in the Chappell Hadelee Trophy last year, and they are desperate to exact revenge on their neighbours.
"We were pretty disappointed last year to lose the Chappell Hadlee Trophy," added Haddin.
"We really want that trophy back so we don't want our little cousins to be holding it for much longer."
Australia squad: Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, James Hopes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait.