Perth: Coaches who have worked with troubled Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait have backed him to make a successful return to cricket once he re-discovers his enjoyment of the game.
Tait stunned the cricketing world when he announced Tuesday he would take an indefinite break from the game, citing "physical and emotional turmoil".
He had just been 12th man for the fourth Test against India, and only two weeks earlier had earned his long-awaited recall to the Australian team for the third Test at the WACA Ground.
However, the 24-year-old failed to take a wicket in that game on a pitch that was expected to suit him and suffered a meltdown at the bowling crease on the second day, continuing his rollercoaster ride at the top level.
One of the world's fastest bowlers, he was a key member of Australia's World Cup triumph in the West Indies last year, but has played just three Tests -- without tasting victory -- since debuting in England in 2005.
South Australian coach Mark Sorell told Australian Associated Press that he expected Tait would return when he was ready.
"I don't have any doubts really but it's hard for me to say," he said. "We will be giving him the space that he needs and support so that we can see how long it takes.
"The main thing is he has got to get that love and passion back for the game -- and how long it takes is how long it takes."
Sorell said Tait's ongoing battles with shoulder, elbow, back and hamstring injuries had taken their toll.
Despite being a destructive force in Australian first-class cricket, Tait has taken just five wickets at 60.40 in his three Tests.
He has been much more successful in limited overs cricket, with 33 wickets at 23.45 in 18 one-day internationals, including 23 at just 20.30 in last year's World Cup.
Tait's former coach, Wayne Phillips, told the Adelaide Advertiser that Tait would have been haunted by his poor performance in Perth, but was capable of getting back to his best when his enjoyment returned.
"When things are simple for Shaun, he bowls really well," Phillips said.
"When he has conflict and outside issues, then it does start to challenge him. If he can clear his mind of all those other things and get back to bowling simply, he will bowl well and fast."
Tait's dream return in Perth, which came after he terrorised New Zealand in a Twenty20 international at the same venue a month earlier, soon turned to a nightmare.
The much-vaunted fast and bouncy wicket that had been expected failed to materialise and he was overlooked for the new ball, not getting his first bowl until just before lunch on the first day.
Things got much worse for Tait when he bowled late on the second day.
Wicketless and playing for his spot in the side, Tait became completely rattled as he tried to get an over bowled in time to allow the Australians a final over at the Indian batsmen before stumps.
He had about seven minutes up his sleeve, but an early wide and a no ball meant time was running out and they were followed by one more of each as his game fell apart.
Tait jogged back to his mark and tried to rush through the last few balls, but lost his run-up and looked bewildered when he was forced to pull out of one delivery as he hesitantly approached the bowling crease.
He cut a disconsolate figure as he trudged from the ground after the 10-ball over that saw India through to stumps. Tait bowled just six more overs in the game.