London: Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has ended all speculations of a possible Ashes return following his impressive performance to lead the bowling attack in the ODI series against England.
Tait has not played a Test since 2008, when he withdrew from international cricket because of “emotional exhaustion”, and he has since quit first-class cricket.
“Test cricket hasn’t even crossed my mind and I’m happy with the decision I made. I find it quite weird that I’ve only played three one-dayers in 18 months and all of a sudden people are talking about me playing Test cricket,” News of The World quoted Tait, as saying.
“You don’t like saying things in the Press and then things change and you look like a complete goose, but I’m not going to play in the Ashes, it’s as simple as that.”
“It’s a selfish decision to try and prolong my career. My decision’s been criticized, but I’m sticking by it. It’s not just a matter of me saying ‘I’ll play’ and that’s it. Ricky and I haven’t had that talk and I doubt we will,” he added.
The injury-plagued 27-year-old intends to carry on playing ODI and Twenty20 cricket, and has warned opposing batsmen that he can bowl even faster.
“There’s more to come. I’ve done it twice before and I can do it again,” Tait added.
Earlier, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting had reportedly urged Tait to make a comeback to Test cricket.
Ponting said that he probably would have little chance of convincing Tait to make a stunning red-ball comeback.
“I’ll be talking to him about that, yeah. I’m sure a few of our boys will be having a whisper in his ear over the next few weeks. It’s nice to have that firepower and that wicket-taking ability,” he added.