32-year-old Shaun Tait is back in town and for good. He is one of those rare commodities that there can be, somebody with the talent to bowl over 150 km/hr on a consistent basis. He is still the fastest bowler in the world. And that is why his return to international cricket should be applauded. (Also Read: 3rd India-Australia T20 goes Pink for McGrath Foundation)
India in a way has been Tait’s hoodoo team. He retired from Test cricket after playing India, likewise with one-day cricket. He played only a handful of games for Australia in all three formats. Interestingly, despite never retiring from T20s internationally, he last played a T20 international way back in 2011.
But he has now been named in Australia’s T20 squad to face India and that is a treat for those who love watching exciting cricketers. Dubbed ‘The Wild Thing’, when Tait gets it right, he can be devastating.
Time will tell how he goes. Time will also tell whether he is picked for the World T20 in India. But the Australian selectors have given him a lifeline. He may be one of the most underachieving cricketers considering his talent and considering that he chose to retire prematurely from Tests and ODIs, but he is back for the shortest format of the game. We wish him luck and hope he takes it easy against India.