Australia speedster Shaun Tait has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 34. The injury-prone fast bowler, ended his 15-year career, with his last match coming for the Hobart Hurricanes against the Sydney Thunder in the 2016-17 Big Bash League.
While speaking about his decision Tait said, “I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here.” He added, “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.”
During Tait’s stop and start career for the Aussies, he played 3 Tests, 35 ODIs and 21 T20Is. One of the highlights of his career was the 2007 World Cup during which he picked up 23 wickets in 11-matches.
Tait was one of the fastest bowlers in the world cricket having clocked 161.1 kmph against England in 2010. His promising career was hampered by a series of injuries which forced him to call time on his very short Test career.
Tait added, “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. 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.”
For the last six years, Tait played as a T20 specialist having retired from Test and ODI cricket. Speaking about his achievements Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said, “In his prime, Shaun was the world’s fastest bowlers. It was incredibly exciting to watch him full flight bursting through the defences of the game’s best batsmen. Unfortunately, injuries restricted Shaun at certain stages and he certainly didn’t play as much as he would have liked.”