Tait made his international debut in the last Test of the 2005 Ashes series and produced a beautiful swinging pacy delivery to dismiss Marcus Trescothick and then got rid of Ian Bell.
Still slightly wayward, the fast bowler has genuine pace and is among those at the head of the queue to eventually replace Glenn McGrath when the veteran eventually decides to retire.
Durham members will have raised an eyebrow when Tait was selected for the 2005 Ashes tour nine months after leaving the north-east county following a disappointing return of 18 wicketless overs at a cost of 176 runs.
Responded with 65 Pura Cup wickets at 20 apiece but has struggled with injury in 2006.
His action makes him injury-prone - he needed surgery on his shoulder shortly after the Ashes, while a back problem ended his trip to South Africa.
He bowls a mix of yorkers and bouncers, and generates prodigious reverse swing.
He missed out on the 2006-7 Ashes but helped Australia retain the 2007 World Cup.