Elbow trouble takes its toll as Tait retires from all cricket

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Shaun Tait said "the elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff" after announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.

The 34-year-old seamer made his international debut against England at Trent Bridge in the famous 2005 Ashes series, but played just two more Tests due to ongoing injury problems.

Blessed with raw pace, Tait was hampered by a series of elbow issues and after 56 limited-overs appearances for Australia it was those fitness concerns that eventually brought an end to his career.

"I didn't know it was going to be as difficult as it was this year [in the Big Bash with the Hurricanes]," Tait said.

"Pretty much getting left out of the side or not being able to play because of my elbow, either way there's no point going on with it.

"I knew during the Big Bash that I was going to finish up. The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now, it's done and dusted.

"It would have been nice to play another year maybe, but there's no point getting more surgery and play when I'm 35 when I'm probably not up to it anymore.

"If I was still performing really well, I'd probably do it [have surgery and keep playing]. But I just wasn't. The game's getting quicker and better and I'm getting slower and a bit older. It's that simple."