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Brett Lee bats for Tait ahead of Adelaide Test

Despite speculations flying around about the nature of the Adelaide wicket, Brett Lee gives his backing to Shaun Tait over Brad Hogg.

cricket Updated: Jan 23, 2008 13:03 IST

Despite predictions that the Adelaide Oval pitch would assist spinners, Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee said he prefers fellow speedster Shaun Tait over chinaman bowler Brad Hogg in the side for the final Test.

Tait put up a below par performance at the Perth Test but Lee feels Tait's inclusion gives his team an edge.

"If Shaun Tait or Brad Hogg gets the nod, that is not my call, but it is always good when Shaun is in the side," he was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun' today.

Lee backed his argument by saying that pitch would certainly be on the pacers' side in early hours.

"It's the type of wicket that, with the brand new ball, does offer a bit for the quicks. So it is the perfect cricket wicket here in Adelaide.

"Every time that Shaun Tait plays, he gives his best. It is always good to see a guy pushing up that speed gun," the 31-year-old said.

Lee, however, admitted that an all-pace attack comprising Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Tait and himself cause over-rate problems.

"In Perth it's a unique problem because you will play four fast bowlers, and when you've got guys who can bowl 150km/h with decent run-ups, there is always going to be a problem pushing the 90-over mark.

"It is something we will have to address, but maybe there is a way we can get through our overs a bit quicker," said Lee.