PERTH:Tearaway Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait only bowled four overs in Tuesday's Twenty20 international victory over New Zealand.
But he may have done enough in the first four balls alone to bowl himself into the side for the first Test against India at the MCG later this month.
Tait claimed wickets with his first and fourth deliveries, bowling short and fast on a lively WACA Ground wicket, and the Australian selectors are sure to consider unleashing Tait and fellow speedster Brett Lee in a dual speed assault on the Indians.
For many years, the Australian team has always featured a spinner, but with Shane Warne retired and Stuart MacGill sidelined by injury, the home side could play Tait and Lee in a four-pronged pace attack against India.
Lee also starred in the Twenty20 match, claiming a wicket with his first ball and generating great pace in taking 17-2 from four overs as Australia went on to thrash New Zealand by 54 runs.
Tait, who has played two Tests, is on the comeback trail after an elbow injury and was coming off a haul of 29-7 in a first-class game for South Australia.
Michael Clarke, who led the Australian team for the first time in the absence of Ricky Ponting on Tuesday, was delighted with the way his quicks bowled against the Black Caps on what he said was a favourable pitch for the fast bowlers.
He wouldn't be drawn on Tait's Test prospects, but clearly believes the idea of two raw fast bowlers has merit.
"It is a very different form of the game but I'd hate to face both of them," Clarke said on Tuesday.
"If they are bowling like that they are going to be tough to face.
"The selectors are going to need to work out conditions and what they feel the best attack is for the Boxing Day Test.
"If guys are performing like that, they are very hard to leave out."
With Stuart Clark carrying the drinks in the Twenty20 match, the depth in Australian fast bowling was highlighted by new Test bowler Mitchell Johnson claiming two wickets and debutant speedster Ashley Noffke picking up three.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said the Australian fast bowlers, and Lee in particular, not only bowled quick, but accurately as well.
"I know people are going to talk about how fast they bowled," he said.
"But you still have to bowl well.
"Brett Lee early on in his spell bowled exceptionally good length and didn't give us a chance to score.
"Whilst he has got that pace, it all comes down to how well you bowl."