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Australia v England - 1st Test
Brisbane: 23-27 November, 2006
606 debate | TMS blog comment
Jonathan Agnew's verdict




Shaun Tait
Tait is one of the quickest bowlers in Australia
Australia have released paceman Shaun Tait from their squad for the opening Ashes Test against England, which starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

Following all-rounder Shane Watson's withdrawal with a hamstring injury, the Aussie squad is now down to 12 men.

Michael Clarke will bat at number six with the final bowling spot between Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson.

Tait, 23, had caused England problems when they lost their opening tour game to a Prime Minister's XI, taking 3-21.

He also impressed in taking three more wickets for South Australia against the tourists in the drawn three-day match.

Watson injured himself playing for Queensland and was ruled out on Tuesday after a second fitness test in as many days.

He is now targeting the second Test in Adelaide, which starts on 1 December.

"I've done everything I can over the last three days but unfortunately I was only a few days away," the 25-year-old said.

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"I feel my game has really improved and that I have earned this spot in the Australian cricket team.

"But I would be letting my team-mates down if I went into the match at only 70% so I have to sit this one out.

"I've just got to get it right and hopefully, if a few things go my way, I can be ready for the second Test, where us picking two spinners should help my cause.

"That is eight to 10 days away and the way I've been responding to treatment I'm confident I can be ready."

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