Tait provides 'x-factor'
Doug Bollinger believes Shaun Tait can help Australia avoid a "damaging" whitewash against England.
Last Updated: 29/06/10 10:49am
Doug Bollinger has backed Australia to avoid a NatWest Series whitewash and thinks fellow fast bowler Shaun Tait can provide the necessary "x-factor" to reinvigorate the squad.
England lead the five-match series 3-0 after earning a one-wicket victory at Old Trafford, where Tim Bresnan hit the winning runs from the first ball of the final over to complete the hosts' pursuit of 213.
Captain Andrew Strauss has now set his sights on inflicting a 5-0 series win over the Australians, a feat which would give his side a psychological boost over the old enemy ahead of the Ashes defence Down Under later in the year.
Tait and Bollinger will lead the Australia attack in the fourth instalment of the NatWest Series at the Oval on Wednesday, following impressive performances at Old Trafford to almost snatch an unlikely win for the tourists.
Tait, who was playing his first one-day international for 16 months, bowled with pace and aggression to end the game with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs.
Bollinger admits Tait could make a big difference to the series, which will culminate at Lord's on July 4.
"Shaun came in and bowled really fast yesterday," said Bollinger.
"He bowled really well. He got three for 28 and bowled well for the team, and that gave us a massive boost.
"For me he can have a massive effect on the series. If he keeps bowling well then he'll take a lot of wickets - and I hope he does.
"Everyone hasn't bowled badly. But he bowls extremely fast and adds the x-factor to the team, so it's great to have him in the team.
"He's a great guy to have in the dressing room too, so to have him available is like a breath of fresh air."
England already have bragging rights over the Australians, after they beat them in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in May.
Having relinquished the Ashes last summer, Bollinger is keen for Australia to avoid another series defeat.
"It would be damaging if we lost 5-0, but there's not much else that we can do other than just go out there and play your best in the last two games now," added the 28-year-old.
"Sometimes you can get outplayed, and sometimes things don't go the way you want them to - but that's just the way it goes.
"I hope we can come out and get something from the next two one-dayers to finish off the series."