Former Australia pacer Shaun Tait said that experienced players shouldn’t have hurriedly retired, as they would have enabled a smooth transition for the next generation.
“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 who should have hung for more time,” Tait said during an interaction with the media on Saturday.
“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,” he said.
When asked whether the IPL was losing its global character in the wake of the decision to pull out Sri Lankan players out of Chennai and the few England players being barred by their respective counties, Shaun Tait called it a “shame”.
“It is not in the hands of the players. They have to abide with what the authorities say. The IPL would not lose its global character but it’s a shame that players have to face such situation. It’s the decision taken by others. At the end of the day, IPL is an Indian tournament but a very good one,” he said.
Bowling at slog overs
Questioned on where the Rajasthan Royals’ campaign went haywire last year, he replied, “We were not up to the mark in the death overs during the previous season. I enjoy bowling at the death but plans work out at times and some times, they don’t. I would again enjoy bowling at death.”
Talking about the prospects for this year’s IPL, he said “We hope for a top four finish this time. We have worked on a few grey areas like death bowling and have few more options in attack. The likes of James Faulkner would lend us more bowling strength. We have good relationship and we mix up well and help each other,” said Tait.
Tait has often been labelled as someone who had pace but was erratic. The bowler assured that he is working on that aspect of his game. “I know I was erratic at times but have worked on this. My foot was popping out of the bowling crease, but recently I had improved in the Big Bash and Bangladesh Premier league. I plan to bowl a lot straighter and keep things simple.”
Despite his international career being curtailed by injuries, Tait doesn’t want to compromise on pace.