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Playing four pacers against India in Perth a bad idea: Tait

January 11, 2012 - Perth

Recalling his personal experience, pacer Shaun Tait has said that fielding four fast bowlers against India at the WACA Ground on Friday would be a bad idea.

On the fourth anniversary of the Test that turned out to be his last, as part of a four-man pace attack against India in Perth, Tait relived the physical and emotional exhaustion that washed over him during that match.

He also recalled his subsequent decision to walk away from the game without knowing whether he would play again.

"It's hard to remember everything that was going through my head but, for a long time before that, it had been building up. I was sick of cricket, basically. Sick of injuries all the time. I know everyone goes through it, but everyone is different as well," he said.

"When that game came up, I wasn't enjoying training or being around the cricket team. I was worried about my fitness ... I played that Test with a tear in my hamstring and made it worse. I remember being fatigued and trying to run in to bowl, and I wasn't getting any power in my legs ... I just didn't want to be out there," Tait said.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Tait retreated from the game for several months. He said that decision cost him a considerable amount of respect.

Setting aside his personal situation at that time, Tait cannot see the value of playing a quartet of fast bowlers.

Australia is reluctant to leave out off-spinner Nathan Lyon, and are likely to resist the temptation of adding fourth paceman Mitchell Starc, but will assess the pitch conditions tomorrow.

"Not after my experience," Tait said, after returning match figures of 0-92 from 21 overs in an attack that also featured Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Stuart Clark.

India then won by 72 runs, although Australia employed four pacemen at the WACA Ground with much more success against England last summer.


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