Sydney, March 28 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait Monday announced his retirement from One-day cricket to concentrate on Twenty20s.
“I have decided to retire from One-day cricket for both Australia and the South Australian Redbacks,” said Tait in a Cricket Australia (CA) release.
“This is not a decision I have taken lightly but I believe it is one that will help me to prolong my cricketing career through the many Twenty20 avenues available. In reality, playing all year round for Australia and South Australia is not allowing my body to stand up as I would like and I do not want to be forced into retirement through career-ending injuries.”
Tait was part of the Australia squad that got knocked out of the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the sub-continent.
“My goal was to hopefully help Australia retain the World Cup. However, with our involvement now finished I feel it is the perfect time to move on in a new direction,” said Tait.
Michael Brown, CA’s General Manager Cricket, said: “Shaun has been an important contributor to Australia’s short form cricket over the last few years. Bowling at the speeds he generates places an unusual strain on his body and Cricket Australia respects the decision he makes today.”
Tait took 62 ODI wickets in 35 matches at an average of 23.56. The lanky paceman was also part of the 2007 World Cup winning squad.