Tait one-day comeback on the cards
Fast bowler Shaun Tait could come out of one-day retirement this summer, having declared himself available for South Australia's 50-over campaign for the first time since 2010-11. Tait retired from one-day cricket after the 2011 World Cup and for the past three seasons has focused exclusively on Twenty20, but he wants to help his state win more silverware before his career ends for good.
The physicality of Tait's bowling action made first-class cricket a challenge to sustain and he retired from the longer format in 2007-08, but continued as a one-day player for another three years. Now aged 31 and having stayed active in T20 with the Adelaide Strikers and other teams around the world, Tait said he would be available for up to four matches of this year's Matador BBQ's One-Day Cup in October.
"I was playing T20 cricket and I thought in a couple of years if I'm retired, would I regret anything?" Tait told the Advertiser. "The only thing I could think of was not having some success with South Australia.
"It's been a while since I've been really determined to do something in cricket and this is one of them. I'm determined to play for South Australia and be successful, because I think the state needs it as well."
Tait was a key part of Australia's successful 2007 World Cup campaign in the West Indies, where he collected 23 wickets and was third on the overall tally, and he also took part in the 2011 World Cup. And while Australia's coach Darren Lehmann wants his fast bowlers to have genuine pace, a call-up for next year's home World Cup is not likely to be on the horizon for Tait.
"I suppose if everything is going well, if my body is going well and I'm bowling 155kph and taking wickets, why not? But it might not go that way," Tait said. "Cricket Australia have got their group of players who are pretty good at the moment, the attack against Zimbabwe on Monday night was very good, Johnson, Starc, Richardson and there's probably five other blokes in the wings.
"So they might go down a completely different path even if I am doing well. But if everything was going well, and they came to me and said 'We've got a couple of injuries, come and play' -- brilliant, I'd love to."