Melbourne:Unable to cope up with the demands and rigours of professional cricket, Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait on Tuesday shocked everyone by indefinitely quitting all forms of the game.
Tait, projected as the Australian speed machine and believed to emerge as the world's fastest bowler, flopped in the Perth Test against India and ended up wicket less.
He was subsequently dropped for the final match at Adelaide but picked for the upcoming tri-series.
The 24-year-old bowler who had recently returned from a two-year injury lay-off after battling shoulder, elbow, back and hamstring injuries, said he needed a physical and mental break from the game.
"This is not an overnight decision but something that I've been struggling with for sometime," Tait said in a statement issued by Cricket Australia.
"A break from professional cricket will hopefully give me a clear mind and a chance for my body to rest and recover," he said.
"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."