Shaun Tait represented Australian team in 49 international matches across formats © Getty Images
Shaun Tait represented Australian team in 49 international matches across formats © Getty Images

Australian quick Shaun Tait has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, on Monday. Also known as the ‘The Wild Thing’, Tait was famous for his eccentric bowling action and has played 3 Tests and 54 ODIs for Australia. Tait also played 21 T20Is for Australia. He was also a part of Australia’s ICC World Cup 2007 campaign which stands as the best moment of his career.  Tait created the record of bowling second-fastest delivery in international cricket, against England in 2010, which was just 0.2 kmph slower than Pakistan’s former quick Shoaib Akhtar. However, he was constantly marred by injuries that kept him away from the squad for most of the time.

He retired from First-Class cricket in 2009 followed by ODIs in 2011. However, he continued playing in the T20 format in the domestic cricket. He was part of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in the first edition and has also been a part of Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League (BBL). However, his battle with chronic elbow has been a concern that forced him to call it quits to his career spanning 15 years. Speaking to cricket.com.au, Tait said, “I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here. I knew it was going to be difficult getting older to compete with the young blokes. But I didn’t know it was going to be as difficult as it was this year (with the Hurricanes).”

“Pretty much getting left out of the side or not being able to play because of my elbow, either way there’s no point going on with it. I knew during the Big Bash that I was going to finish up. The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now, it’s done and dusted. 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,” he added.

He also played a crucial role in domestic cricket for South Australia and holds best figures of 8 for 43 in 50-overs contests against Tasmania, which was achieved in 2004. On the announcement of his retirement, Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sutherland said, “In his prime, Shaun was the world’s fastest bowler. It was incredibly exciting to watch him full flight bursting through the defences of the game’s best batsmen. We take this moment to applaud him for his achievements and contribution on the field and wish him well for the future.”

Tait also mentioned that he reached the decision during BBL season 6 edition and claimed that he is bidding adieu with a very heavy heart.

Tait was recently in news after he obtained the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) qualification, as he is married to an Indian model Mashoom Singha. The two had met during one of the after-parties in the IPL’s inaugural edition.