Jan 29, 2008 at 01:33pm IST

Aussie pacer Shaun Tait decides to quit

Sydney: Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait announced he was quitting cricket on Tuesday, citing emotional and physical exhaustion.

The 24-year-old said he was taking an indefinite break from the game because he had lost his motivation for playing.

"A break from professional cricket will hopefully give me a clear mind and a chance for my body to rest and recover," Tait said in a statement.

LAST ONE: Tait bowls to Sehwag during the second day of their third test cricket match in Perth in this January 17.

"My love and enjoyment of the game is struggling due to these issues and if I continue to go on, it will be unfair on my team mates and support staff of both the Australian and South Australian cricket teams — and most importantly my family and close friends."

Tait is one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket but has struggled to cement a place in the Australian Test team, making just three appearances in his career.

He has had more success with one-day cricket and was a key member of the Australian side that won last year's World Cup in the West Indies.

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