Tait anger at Cricket Australia
Shaun Tait says it feels "like a kick in the teeth" not being offered a central contract by Cricket Australia.
Last Updated: 15/05/09 9:32am
Paceman Shaun Tait says it feels "like a kick in the teeth" not being offered a central contract by Cricket Australia, as his relationship with the board grows ever more strained.
The 26-year-old fast bowler, once considered Australia's great pace hope, has struggled with form and injury in the past few years and admits he is not surprised to have been cut from the list of contracted players.
Concerns over his fitness prompted Cricket Australia to prevent him playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the current Indian Premier League season, though, and he is annoyed about being denied that opportunity in the circumstances.
"When you think you are ready to go and play and obviously Cricket Australia had it in their mind, they thought they had it in their mind, they wanted me for future tournaments that was fair enough," he said.
"But to not let you go, not pick you in a squad and then not give you a contract is a little bit of a kick in the teeth but like I said it's not the end of the world.
"I won't be playing IPL this year that's for sure, it's sort of a bit late now but the rules with the medical clearance didn't really fall in my favour so unfortunately I wasn't able to go but I've still got next year and hopefully I can do well next year and add another couple of years on to a contract.
"That's the other disappointing thing, I could've gone over and trained with them and been around the lads, mingled with Shane Warne, he's a great mentor, that would've been good but hopefully I can do that next year.
"He was really excited to have me there and hopefully next year I can get over there with him."
Tait is set to be considered for an upcoming Australia A tour and the one-day series against England, which will be played after the Ashes and he insists he still has a passion to play for his country - though predominantly in the shorter format of the game.
"It's pretty easy for Cricket Australia to say get yourself ready for a tournament when they haven't given you a contract so I mean I could quite easily duck off to the Greek Islands for a couple of months if I wanted to," he said.
"But I'll keep myself fit and I'll keep bowling and if something comes up that would be good.
"It's no secret I'm trying to concentrate on the shorter form of the game and from what's happened yesterday, being dropped off a contract, it probably frees me up a bit more to do that.
"My goal is whatever my body allows me to do, but four-day cricket is a fair way away from my mind at the moment.
"Two years ago we didn't have these options but now the Twenty20 stuff has really kicked off and as far as financially, it's great for the players, it's great for the players' bodies."