Australian senior all-rounder Shane Watson and fast bowler Shaun Tait have been called back to the international squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against India which is scheduled to begin from 26th January.
Just like the visitors, Australian selectors also think that the veteran players can thrive in shortest format of the game. In a result, they called back Watson and Tait.
Tait is known for his speed as he bowls 145 kmph continuously and he can be used as lethal fast bowling option for the hosts. The 32-year-old pacer was last seen in national colours way back in 2011 World Cup quarterfinal against India.
Stating over his selection, Chief selector Rod Marsh said, “Shaun Tait returns on the basis that he is the quickest bowler going around in Australia at the moment and he offers us that explosive option if we choose to use it.”
Meanwhile, 34-year-old all-rounder Watson’s performance in the current season of the Big Bash League has assured the selectors that he can be trustworthy for the side.
“Shane Watson has earned his recall to Australian colours through a combination of his experience – especially in short-form cricket – the allround package he offers and the fact he is bang in form at the moment,” Marsh said.
Australian T20 squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Scott Boland, Cameron Boyce, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.