He’s built like an ox and hurls the ball faster than anyone else. Yet, Shaun Tait doesn’t want to play Test cricket. Yes, he’s had his share of problems and injuries, but is that the only reason he gave up? Did he try hard enough to come back or chickened out for an easier option—T20 and ODI. We put all these uncomfortable to the man himself. Read on…
How’s you body holding up since you quit Test cricket?
My body has held up nicely since I made that decision. I have been out in the field for the entire season, that’s something I will be doing after nine years. Personally it has been a good decision for me.
Don’t you feel that you have sort of wasted your talent and physique by restricting yourself to bowling just in T20s and ODIs?
See, I had been playing Tests and four-day matches, who knows I might not have been here playing the Champions League. That’s the sacrifice I have made. I know my body and my physio will tell you that it can’t stand the rigors of longer form of the game. Besides, I like playing the shorter format, sometimes playing for four days or five days used to get a bit of drag for me.
But did you try hard enough to come back after sustaining injuries?
Bowlers like Brett Lee and Shane Bond too had had injuries, but they always came back? Well, they also no longer play Test cricket. And then, it’s them, not me. Bowling at about 150kmp for two innings is something I don’t want to do, and probably I can’t do as well. Look, I am different. I am 100 kilos, six feet, four inches…bowling at that pace whole day is a difficult thing.
How are you coping up with the mental pressures?
I went through a bit of struggle a couple of years back, but I have spent some fantastic time since then. It been good to come back, travel the world, and play against some of the bets players like Sachin Tendulkar. I am enjoying myself and I think I couldn’t have been happier.
Why are fast bowlers nowadays breaking down far more often that their predecessors?
I am not sure. Cricket has changed so much that you just compare different ears.
Is there any chance of you giving a second thought to your decision?
No, it’s the final decision. I won’t play Test cricket ever again.