Former Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has backed Shaun Tait to return to international cricket and his self-imposed break from cricket.
Express paceman Tait has recently revealed he would take an indefinite break from cricket due to suffering from physical and emotional exhaustion.
Former Aussie Test bowler Gillespie spotted signs of Tait struggling physically with the demands of international bowling, but is adamant the 24-year-old will make a comeback one day.
"Being a fast bowler and a pretty good mate, you pick up little things, and I could tell he was hurting for a while," Gillespie told the Age.
"Seeing his warm-ups, seeing him getting strapped and preparing for games, even walking back to his mark, there were some little signs there.
"This has stemmed from physical pain. He has had trouble getting past some ailments and mentally that has got on top of him a bit. What he has done is a really brave thing. He could have kept going through the motions but that would not have helped anyone."
"I can absolutely guarantee he will be back. He is 24, he went from playing cricket in the hills to playing professional cricket very quickly.
"It takes some time for your body and mind to adjust to that. It has got on top of him, but I am very confident he will be back.
"I have had a couple of messages from him saying 'I'll be fine' and he will be. He just needs to take a bit of time away."