Australia news August 27, 2014

Tait one-day comeback on the cards

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."

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  • Fazal on August 28, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Tait is only 31 and could prolong his career for atleast another 4 years. Since he has been away from the game for sometime he might need to put in a lot of hard work to be ready for the cricket season this summer which starts in October. If he could pick up his rhythm, speed, accuracy and wicket taking ability I reckon he might find himself in the squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. With aussie pacemen frequently falling by the way side through injury he could be chosen to the Australian Cricket team this summer.

  • Vinod on August 28, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Hope he does well and makes it to the Aus team, would be a gr8 sight if he can bowl at 150kmph +......hell...even if he bowls at 140 kmph the way the indian bowling attack is going, we would make him the opening bowler with a lifetime selection guarantee if he takes an indian passport...:)

  • David on August 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Very doubtful he could get through ten overs let alone back up a few days later for another match. We have moved on, agree with @VivGilchrist, the current group of quicks are pushing us in the right direction.

  • Michael on August 28, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    I agree, Mad_Hamish. From 2005-2008 he was very effective (even if he was wayward at times) especially in the 2007 World Cup. In T20I's he and Nannes were a great opening pair. I don't know if that break he had in 2009 (I think?) ruined his momentum, but it was sad to see him bowl the last few years and he's a long way from playing for Australia at the moment.

  • Hamish on August 28, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    He'd have to be a lot fitter than he was when he retired to be worth a go. At that stage he couldn't bowl 10 overs in a day and keep any sort of pace and accuracy up at the end.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    If he can bowl as quick as he did, and land it, and go through 10 overs, then why not, nobody wants to face that... but will SA want him?

  • Basil on August 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    No, no, no, and no! Stay away! Sayers, Richardson, Mennie, and Putland are fine thank you very much. I don't think he could bowl more than 4 overs in a day anyway.

  • hayden on August 27, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    funny how when tait stopped playing list a matches south australia started making the finals of the ryobi cup!!! not worth considering unless he wants to pick up the red ball again!!! his best was awsome but his worst is embarrasing only have to remember back to the waca test in 08, has to be the worst performance ever by a fast bowler in a waca test!!!

  • Prasanna on August 27, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Not a bad idea trying Tait for the WC !!

  • Bob on August 27, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Would love to see him play for Australia again, particularly against the lower-ranked teams. Just hope if I buy a ticket the Aussies don't bowl first.

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