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Tait doesn't scare us says Hopes

The frightening thought of Shaun Tait in full flight does not scare Queensland Bulls allrounder James Hopes..

Tait will be unleashed by South Australia against Queensland in their Twenty20 clash at the Gabba on Friday after being released from 12th man duties for the Australian Test side.

The speedster was included Thursday in a 13-strong Redbacks squad - much to Hopes' relish.

"It doesn't bother us. When you play at this level you don't want to miss out on playing the best players in the country," he said.

"I think it is good for the crowd (that he has been named), it's good for everyone.

"He is a big thing on the Australian cricket scene at the moment, particularly in the shorter forms of the game - it will be a good experience to face him again."

Hopes missed Queensland's opening Twenty20 game - a 47-run loss to defending champions Victoria on New Year's Eve - due to illness but has been cleared for the SA clash.

The loss extended a rotten run for Queensland, who have lost their last four Pura Cup games and two one day clashes.

"The secret for us is to just relax a little bit and stop thinking about what has gone on in the last six weeks," Hopes said.

"We didn't have the best run over Christmas or the best start to the new year but every game is a chance for us to start afresh.

"It just takes one win. If you start to get the momentum going your way then all of a sudden you can get on a pretty big roll."

The Redbacks have replaced opening batsman Daniel Harris (broken finger) with Cameron Borgas.

Queensland Cricket (QC) was confident the wild weather that had hit south-east Queensland in the past week would not sabotage the clash.

"The Gabba handles wet weather as well as any ground in the world," QC chief executive Graham Dixon said.

"If it is not raining, then we will be playing as soon as the umpires and ground staff give us the green light."

Meanwhile, Victoria will be without pacemen Shane Harwood (hip) and Peter Siddle (shoulder) for Friday night's Twenty20 cricket match against WA in Perth.

The Bushrangers - who have a perfect Twenty20 record - are hopeful the pair will return for Sunday's match against NSW and Tuesday's game against Tasmania.

They recalled fellow quicks Clint McKay and Darren Pattinson for the trip west.

And Tasmania have recalled skipper Dan Marsh and bowling spearhead Ben Hilfenhaus for their Twenty20 match with NSW in Hobart on Friday.

Marsh and Hilfenhaus were rested from the Tigers' five-wicket win over WA in Perth on New Year's Eve, but have been added to an expanded 14-man squad for the NSW match and Sunday's fixture with South Australia at Bellerive Oval.

source - smh.com.au
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