Shaun Tait March 22, 2014

'I earned my first cap when Australia was at its peak'

Shaun Tait remembers knocking out a batsman when he was 15, and playing alongside Shane Warne, a poster of whom he had up in his room as a kid

First hero
It's more teams that I looked up to than players. I always liked watching the West Indian and Pakistani fast bowlers of the early '90s. All my memories growing up were of watching one-day cricket.

First time I hurt a batsman
I knocked a kid out when I was 15. I bowled a bouncer at him and he turned around. It ended up hitting him on the back of the head!

First time I was in awe of someone I was playing with
My first tour with the Australian team was to Sri Lanka in 2004, although I didn't play a game. During that time I was in a dressing room full of legends, so I was in awe of most of them. I had a poster of Shane Warne on my wall as a kid. Then I was called up by my country and I ended up playing with him.

First time I wore the baggy green
It came in the Ashes of 2005 against England. Pulling on the baggy green in that game was a moment of a lifetime, really. Unfortunately my Test career was short-lived and I only played three games. But I still earned my first cap at a time when Australia was at its cricketing peak.

First piece of advice to a young quick bowler
To go out there and aim to take a wicket every ball.

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  • Warren on March 26, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    That piece of advice at the end of his interview kind of sums up why he never became a great fast bowler and why he couldn't make it at Test level. That is probably the last piece of advice one should ever give a young bowler (unless you are playing a game where you bowl a maximum of 24 deliveries per match, perhaps).

  • Alex on March 24, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Ponting perfectly summed up Tati's game during an international T20 on-field commentary piece - when asked to rate Tait's performance in the match, he replied "Bowls like tarzan; fields like Jane". Tait is a one-trick pony who, unlike say Bret Lee, was never pushed to hone his all-round game, which meant that the rest of the team had to carry his slack.

  • Bob on March 24, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Harsh on Tait and generous to Tomic in my opinion...Tait would be the big server who didn't have much of an all-round game then kept getting injured. None really come to mind, maybe like Ivo Karlovic or something, not in the Isner class.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Im with Scott Davey ..... Shaun Tait ... from the same mould as Jonathon Trott ( same 'heart ' only with 1/2 of the talent of Trott ) .... I love the bit here about ..." First time I hurt a batsman " ... Yeah !! " I was fifteen and 6' 2" and the other kid was 4ft O ! ..." ......

  • Android on March 24, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Sean Tait is the Bernard Tomich of cricket

  • Tony on March 23, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Tait was good, wasn't groomed well I think else would have been magnificent for Australia.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    I think that Pakistan ans Australia have consistently reached the semi finals of most major tournaments for a long, long time - since before 1982 even.


  • Robert on March 22, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    more advice from Taity... "get a really good PR agent". I visit Adelaide, Tait's present home base, pretty regularly, and it is utterly scarey how often Tait is in the press for having done something absolutely "amazing" (not!!!), even in winter when the Aussie rules is in full swing. His PR man earns his money, for sure. When he isn't crocked with some feeble injury and actually manages to play a game, the Adelaide press often writes how Tait won some (probably meaningless) game or other singlehanded when in fact he took 1 for 30 off 3 or something like that. Over blown PR rubbish, that unfortunately he appears to believe. I think he is one of the most over rated bowlers of the modern day. Fast, yes, control, no. I'd take Thommo, Bond, Shoaib, even Lee, over Tait any day in their prime. Tait just couldn't sustain anything except his press releases!

  • Peter on March 22, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @Upul Liyanapathiranage. Ah yes, and after 3 Tests, Warne averaged 261! Got it. You are up with it, aren't you?