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    Short spells will keep Tait fit: Ponting

    The fiery speedster has grappled with injuries throughout his career.

    Ahmedabad: Australia will use injury-prone Shaun Tait in short, sharp spells to help him stay fit right through the World Cup, captain Ricky Ponting said.

    The fiery speedster, one of the fastest bowlers in contemporary cricket, has grappled with injuries throughout his career, which even forced him to take a sabbatical from the game in January 2008.

    His slinging bowling action, which helps him generate the extra bit of pace, and his capability to swing both the new and old ball makes him a captain's favourite.

    It is little wonder Ponting wants him to stay fit for the duration of the showpiece, which ends on April 2 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

    On Monday, in their opening match against Zimbabwe, Ponting used Tait for short two-over spells to help him get fully match fit.

    "I just think that he is well used in that manner," Ponting, chasing his third consecutive title as captain, told reporters.

    "He is an out and out strike bowler and he is still working back up to full match-fitness.

    "He hasn't played almost the whole series back in Australia (ODI series against England) and so he is still not at his absolute best."

    The tall fast bowler, who is celebrating his 28th birthday on Tuesday, was one of the chief architects of Australia's 2007 World Cup triumph in the Caribbean, where he finished as the joint second highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps.

    The strategy could well continue in the rest of the matches.

    "If you look back at the last World Cup as well, that was exactly how I used him... in short sharp spells," Ponting said.

    "So don't be surprised if that is how we use him through this whole tournament."