Tait rules out Ashes return

Aussie paceman rules out return to Test cricket

Last Updated: 11/07/10 12:52pm

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Tait: No Ashes battle

Tait: No Ashes battle

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Australia paceman Shaun Tait insists he will not be facing England in the Ashes this winter.

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"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. "
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The 27-year-old fast bowler retired from Test cricket two years ago due to his continuing fitness problems, but he made a huge impact during the recent one-dayers in England.

Ricky Ponting's side looked toothless until Tait came into the side and pummeled the England batsmen, reaching 100mph during the game at Lord's.

Ponting said he would be trying his best to lure Tait back into Test action for the Ashes Down Under this winter, but the bowler insists he will not be joining the battle for the urn.

Tait still says his body cannot withstand the rigours of Test cricket, and wants to end any speculation now by insisting he would not play in the Ashes.

Decision

"Test cricket hasn't even crossed my mind and I'm happy with the decision I made," Tait told the News of the World.

"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.

"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 criticised 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."

Tait will continue to play one-dayers and Twenty20 cricket and says that not playing Test cricket will help him prolong his career - and also help him to bowl even faster.

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