Sydney, Mar 28: It seems like Australia's quarter-final loss to India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is starting to take its toll on the team's bowling attack. Shaun Tait, the tearaway Australian fast bowler has announced his retirement from One-Day cricket.
In a statement released by Tait through Cricket Australia, he is quoted as saying, "I have decided to retire from one-day cricket for both Australia and the South Australian Redbacks."
Informing that the decision has been made to prolong his Twenty-20 career, in the statement he has said, "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 informed that he aimed to help his side retain the ICC Cricket World Cup but with the campaign ending with the loss to India, he has now decided to move in a new direction. He said, "However, with our involvement now finished I feel it is the perfect time to move on in a new direction."
Cricket Australia appeared supportive of the decision and its General Manager, Michael Brown was quoted as saying, "Bowling at the speeds he generates places an unusual strain on his body and Cricket Australia respects the decision he makes today."
In a short but impressive ODI career, he has captured 60 wickets in the 35 games he played and at an impressive strike rate of 23.56. Tait, who played only three Tests before hanging his boots was also a key member of the 2007 World Cup winning squad.