Tait joins Australian squad as standy-by

Perth: Australia have named pacer Shaun Tait as a standby player and cover for injured Peter Siddle for Sunday’s fifth and final ODI against Pakistan.

“South Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has been added as a standby player to the Australian squad for tomorrow’s fifth and final Commonwealth Bank Series clash against Pakistan to be played at the WACA,” Cricket Australia said in statement.

Tait will join the current squad of 13 men on Sunday morning as fellow pacer Siddle, who is still suffering from back soreness, is doubtful for the match. Tait last played a One-dayer in February 2009 against New Zealand.

“Peter Siddle is still being troubled by the back pain which kept him out of the third match of the series in Adelaide. As such he is in doubt for tomorrow’s fifth ODI and therefore another fast bowler has been included as a standby player,” Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

“Peter will continue to be monitored over the next week before any decision is made on his availability for the KFC Twenty20 International in Melbourne next Friday,” NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said.

Tait has performed well for South Australia in both the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and the recent Ford Ranger game against New South Wales in Wollongong.

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