Australia target T20 sweep

West Indies in last-chance saloon to break tour duck

Last Updated: 22/02/10 3:55pm

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Pace terror: Tait

Pace terror: Tait

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Australia have the opportunity to complete an unbeaten home summer in the second Twenty20 international against West Indies in Sydney on Tuesday.

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"It's been a good summer for Australian cricket and hopefully we can give the Windies another belting."
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The host nation have been relentless across six Tests, 10 one-day internationals and three T20s with West Indies and Pakistan - winning them all except for the drawn second Test against West Indies and the third one-day international against the same opponents, which was washed out.

"It's been a good summer for Australian cricket and hopefully we can give the Windies another belting," said fast bowler Shaun Tait.

Tait, whose pacy opening spell spearheaded Australia's comfortable T20 win in Hobart, is looking forward to the pitch at the SCG.

"Sydney's a pretty good place to bowl quick," said Tait. "The pitch is always good and the crowd is always buzzing so it gets the adrenalin going.

"It's just on the night. How you feel and how the ball's coming out. It's hard to put a finger on why some days you bowl quick and some days you don't.

"Half the time I don't know where it's going and the batsman doesn't know either."


West Indies captain Chris Gayle could only nod in agreement after being bowled by a Tait slower ball in the first T20.

And Gayle was sufficiently impressed to compare the South Australian to the fastest bowlers of the last 25 years.

"When Shoaib Akhtar was back in international cricket, he was up there and Brett Lee was up there," he said.

"Shaun Tait when he's bowling his first couple of overs can give a quick couple of deliveries.

"So you have to get ready as early as possible for him and you take a while to make the necessary adjustment.

"But at the same time he's very, very quick."

West Indies could make changes to their starting line-up with batsman Brendan Nash and seamer Gavin Tonge in contention for their first appearance of the limited-overs section of the tour.

Despite the temptation to stick with a winning team, Australia are likely to want to explore their options ahead of the World T20 in the Caribbean in April and May.

All-rounder Daniel Christian and seamer Ryan Harris are in line to make their T20 debuts, while batsman Shaun Marsh may come in for Travis Birt.

Australia (from): M Clarke (capt), T Birt, D Christian, B Haddin (wkt), R Harris, D Hussey, M Johnson, S Marsh, D Nannes, S Smith, S Tait, D Warner, S Watson, C White

West Indies (from): C Gayle (capt), N Deonarine, T Dowlin, W Hinds, N Miller, R Morton, B Nash, K Pollard, D Ramdin (wkt), R Rampaul, K Roach, D Sammy, L Simmons, D Smith, G Tonge

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