Shaun William Tait

He is fast. He is raw. Is he the missing spark in the Aussie bowling attack? This is what all the experts had to say about him ahead of his debut at Trent Bridge. (4th Ashes Test 2005). [Quotes pooled from various web sites]

Wayne Phillips - "He is an exciting fast bowler who comes into a well-run group which will give him plenty of support. He is also a huge Gillespie fan, from a mentoring point of view." (Ironically, Tait replaced Gillespie to make his debut)
Shane Warne - "Watching Shaun Tait in the nets, I don't think many people like facing him. You've got an exciting 22-year-old kid who is bursting at the seams and hitting blokes on the head left, right and centre."
Dennis Lillee - "He has all the resources in his armoury to stick the ball right up the noses of the England batsmen."
Jeff Thomson - "The bloke [Tait] took 65 wickets in Pura Cup cricket last year. He can obviously bowl and that's all that matters."
Michael Vaughan - "We hear he's got pace and we've played against a similar bowler, we think, in Fidel Edwards last year in the West Indies - but until you've faced someone it's very difficult to say how you're going to respond and also how he's going to respond to his debut."
Geoff Lawson - "He's a very big, strong guy and looks a bit like James Anderson when he's bowling because he doesn't look where he's going. He swings the new ball away from the right-hander with an unorthodox action and gets reverse swing into them with the old ball."
Jonathan Agnew - "Tait has pace, for sure - and an unusual slingy action which will take some getting used to - but he is also likely to be nervous and capable only of bowling short spells."
Darren Lehmann - "I would love to see Shaun Tait make his Test debut. He's young, he's exciting and he's got pace, but I think Michael Kasprowicz will get the nod as replacement for Jason Gillespie because of his experience. "
Kepler Wessels - "If they want to win I'd play him. He's different. They haven't seen him before. Now is the time to blood him because it might be too hard in the last Test. He has an unusual action which batsmen can have trouble with if they haven't seen him before."
Ricky Ponting - "I've had to cope with him a few times during the summer in the nets. It's just the way he approaches his bowling - he runs in and tries to bowl as fast as he can at every opportunity."
Shaun Tait (on himself) - "I let myself go and let them have it. I'm not a line-and-length type bowler. A lot of aggression goes into my bowling and I use my natural ability to make things happen. People say I'm similar to Jeff Thomson but he was before my time so I never really saw him bowl."

Justin Langer was the only one who felt that picking both Brett Lee and Shaun Tait together would affect the balance of the bowling attack and that Michael Kasprowicz would be a better bet.
On a side note, did you guys know that "Tait" is the name of a small nocturnal and arboreal Australian marsupial (Tarsipes rostratus) about the size of a mouse. It has a long muzzle, a long tongue, and very few teeth, and feeds upon honey and insects. Called also noolbenger.

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