Chappell expects Tait to fire on all cylinders during World Cup

Sydney: Australia’s full-time selector Greg Chappell is confident that fast bowler Shaun Tait will prove his worth during the upcoming World Cup despite breaking down mid-series against England.

Tait, on the comeback trail from a three-month lay-off following elbow surgery last October, injured a gluteus muscle in Australia’s win over England in Hobart ODI.

He later missed the fourth ODI in Adelaide, and is not expected to take further part in the seven-match series.

“The World Cup final is April 2, so we still have quite a few weeks. We were keen to take the gamble that he would be right for the major part of the World Cup,” a sports channel quoted Chappell, as saying.

“We picked Tait to be a strike bowler - we know what he is capable of,” he added.

The 27-year-old had taken 23 wickets in the 2007 World Cup to be the equal-second best in the tournament.