Shaun Tait retires from Twenty20 to prolong Super Over career

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Australian fast bowler, Shaun Tait, has announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket, saying that at the age of 28 he can no longer subject his body to the punishing two-over spells demanded of him.

Tait said:

“I’ve never really been the biggest fan of cricket and I just don’t know that it’s worth putting my body at risk for the game any more. I think the longer formats – Tests, one-dayers and Twenty20s – are probably just a bit too much for me at my time of life, so I’ve made this decision to prolong my Super Over career.”

Tait has recently signed a deal with the Madurai Ultrasultans to compete in next season’s Super Over Super League, a five-over a side competition in which he would only have to bowl six balls in a match – plus the inevitable wides.


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  1. Dear Mr. King,

    Where did “Madurai Ultrasultans” come from? Surprising to see someone reference Madurai in a cricket blog!

    1. It was the first Indian city that came to mind for some reason.

      We had an absolute world-class sulk when we arrived in Madurai a few years ago for no reason whatsoever. Happy days.

  2. He’ll be missed by people who like to watch horrific contortionism, CAMRTEB (The Campaign for Real Tail End Batting), and the sponsors of the extremely fine leg boundary boards who would never normally get any decent close-up coverage.

  3. Given all cricket is batter friendly, I propose bowlers like Tait are allowed to use steroids to aid tissue repair and enhance muscle growth. That will be their compensation for the short boundaries and field restrictions. No guarantee this will work, of course, but it’ll be fun to try.

    I am pretty sure Akhtar would jump at the chance.

  4. I was part of a hostile Oval crowd that harangued Shaun Tait for about five straight hours at the 2005 Test because he refused to Give Us A Wave. In hindsight, I like to feel that I thus played my own small part in developing his dislike of longer formats.

  5. always liked his action. like a caveman hurling rocks at things. otherwise obviously an idiot.

  6. As they say in Tamil Nadu, KC, “you don’t have to be Madurai to work here but it helps”.

    1. Brand new steel-and-glass airport, completely free of clutter, coffee shops and passengers.

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