This is bad news. We’d already earmarked Shaun Tait as Matthew Hayden’s successor in the role of ‘most detestably arrogant Australian’. With his face, his face and also his face, he had all the attributes to make the position his own for years to come.
But he’s disappointingly fragile. He’s taking a break from the game – primarily due to the stress, reading between the lines. He’ll be back soon no doubt, but maybe he’s not ‘King Cricket enemy number one’ material.
While we feel moderately guilty about the whole Hayden thing, at least he’s got the bulletproof arrogance to only appear mildly affronted when he appears to us in dreams. Shaun Tait of dreams is going to be wrist-slashingly inconsolable and we have enough trouble sleeping at nights as it is.
We had two points to make about this, but Uncle J Rod’s already made them both with his 12 hour advantage and his despicable work ethic: Being a labouring drone like everyone else is rubbish and even if it weren’t you’ve got far too many years at it after you retire from cricket anyway.
Shaun Tait’ll be back bowling 95mph wides before you know it. Here’s a picture of him in happier days, standing astride a giant cannon.