Australian pacer Shaun Tait, days after announcing India overseas citizenship, he has made another shocking announcement of his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Known as ‘The Wild Thing’ for his blistering pace and unconventional bowling action, Tait played three Tests and 54 ODIs for his country and was part of Australia’s unbeaten campaign at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, which he says was the highlight of his career.
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“I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here,” Tait was quoted saying by cricket.com.au. “I knew it was going to be difficult getting older to compete with the young blokes. I’m 34 years old and I suppose when you’re not contributing on the field as much as you’d like to, it’s time to finish up.”
“It would have been nice to play another year maybe, but there’s no point getting more surgery and play when I’m 35 when I’m probably not up to it anymore. If I was still performing really well, I’d probably do it [have surgery and keep playing]. But I just wasn’t. The game’s getting quicker and better and I’m getting slower and a bit older. It’s that simple.”
The 34-year-old made his last appearance for Australia in a T20I fixture against India in Sydney in early 2016 – marking his comeback to international cricket after five years of absence.
Here’s the glimpse of Tait’s best performance: