STRIKER Shaun Tait says Adelaide’s Big Bash success — and his own vintage impact — could extend his Twenty20 career by another summer.
The 31-year-old pace weapon revealed that before the 2014/15 season he was considering this summer a possible final fling at Adelaide Oval.
Tait has seven wickets at 14.6 this BBL, including a superb 3/22 against the dangerous Hobart Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve.
Ahead of this weekend’s home BBL semi-final, which doubles as a chance to secure a Champions League Twenty20 spot, the three-Test tearaway yesterday said strong form with the ball that contributed to Adelaide securing top spot in the regular season was a burst of fresh life.
“It helps when you’re enjoying it and winning games — that helps a lot,” Tait said.
“I’m just going to play as long as I can, there’s no real time limit and there’s no doubt this season the way my body’s going there’s all sorts of different thoughts that go on in a cricketer’s mind when the body’s feeling like it is.
“But my plans are hopefully to turn up and play again next year.”
Shoulder and hamstring soreness has meant Tait’s summer has been a highly managed affair. The spearhead has been used selectively in four of the Strikers’ eight regular-season games, and travelled away from Adelaide Oval only once.
The speedster remains on a modified training regime that limited him to running yesterday.
Brad Hodge continued to show supreme recovery from surgery to repair a fractured forearm. The batsman appeared untroubled in his wristwork facing light throwdowns followed by strong hitting against Strikers spin pair Johan Botha and Adam Zampa in a net session.
Kieron Pollard remains a highly unlikely chance of being available for Adelaide if the Strikers reach the BBL final on January 28.
Pollard has been ordered by West Indies cricket to play for Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Nagico Super50 competition to keep alive his hopes of forcing his way into the Windies’ World Cup side. Pollard and Dwayne Bravo were left out of the World Cup side on what is understood to be political grounds, in a move former captain Chris Gayle has branded “ridiculous”.
Trinidad and Tobago has reached a semi-final of the 50-over competition, to be played overnight tonight Adelaide time, ahead of a possible final late on Sunday night.
Batsman Ryan ten Doeschate remains part of Adelaide’s squad as its second international player.