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Tait blames Warne and Hayden’s early retirement for Australia’s struggles
Former Australia pace bowler Shaun Tait believes that Australia are experiencing a rough transition period right now due to the fact that senior players like Shane Warne and Matthew Hayden retired too early.
Tait feels that a lot of the younger players would have benefited from playing alongside Warne and Hayden as it would have given them an ample opportunity to learn about the hardships of international cricket.
“I feel the likes of Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne, Michael Kasprowicz and Mathew Hayden were the players from whom the younger lot could have learnt and I feel they should have hung for more time,” Tait said. “I am not sure but there have been some changes in Australian cricket and at the domestic level too. The youngsters, when inducted into the team learn from their seasoned teammates.”
Tait has often been referred to as one of the quickest bowlers of the current generation of cricketers, but many pundits and former players believe that he has no control over his pace and this had led to his downfall.
However, Tait assured his fans that he was working on fixing his bowling by bowling a lot straighter and keeping things much simpler as well.
“I know I was erratic at times but have worked on this,” he said. “My foot was popping out of the bowling crease but recently I had improved in the Big Bash and Bangladesh Premier league. It’s ok as of now. I plan to bowl a lot straighter and keep things simple.”
Despite his international career being marred by injury after injury, Tait revealed that he has no plans to reduce the speed of his bowling.
“I have been plagued with injuries in my career but still don’t want to cut down on my pace,” he added. “I have not played one dayers for quite some time to reduce workload and concentrate on T20 only. To avoid more injuries, I work out a lot. But still I want to bowl around 150 kmph as cutting down on pace would be too difficult.”