Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler has announced his retirement from cricket effective immediately. He informed the people about his retirement on 27th March. The 34-year-old fast bowlers have represented his country in all the three format of the game.
Shaun Tait, who was nicknamed as “The Wild Thing” for bowling quick spells with his slinging action, stated that he took the decision because of persistent elbow injuries. The pacer made his first-class debut in 2002-03 for South Australia in a match against Western Australia. He got his first chance on the international stage against England at Trent Bridge in the Ashes series in 2005.
But he failed to impress with his bowling and decided to take a break from cricket in 2008. He announced hi retirement from first-class cricket in 2009.
He will ba always remembered as one the fastest bowler in the cricket history. He bowled at a speed of 161.1km/h in an ODI against England at Lord’s in July 2010. He failed to perform well in the longer format of the game. But he got success in the limited over format as because of his singing option he was difficult to put away.
Tait got 23 wickets in the 2007 50-over World Cup and played a key role in helping Australia lift the trophy. He has also played for many sides in the domestic leagues. He represented Adelaide Strikers, Essex, Melbourne Renegades, Mid West Rhinos, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajasthan Royals, Hobart Hurricanes and Wellington in various t20 competitions across the globe.
Taut said, ” I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here. “I knew it was going to be difficult getting older to compete with the young blokes. But I didn’t know it was going to be as difficult as it was this year in the Big Bash”.
He also added,”Pretty much getting left out of the side or not being able to play because of my elbow, either way, there’s no point going on with it. I knew during the Big Bash that I was going to finish up.”
He is still regarded one of the potent fast bowlers in the limited over format specially in t20. But injuries have kept him away from the game for a long time.
It’s his decision to retire and he felt that he can not contribute more for his country. We are very thankful to him for giving us a brilliant display of fast bowling and aggression. We wish him a good life moving ahead.