Tait, 31, is married to Mumbaikar Mashoom.
Q Technically, you’re still available for Australia in ODIs and T20Is, but you haven’t been picked for well over three years...
A Well, at this stage, I have no ambitions of again playing for Australia. It would, however, be nice to get some success for South Australia and to help the state get success. Let’s see how the season goes.
Have you under-achieved as an Australia cricketer?
I would have liked to play more than just three Tests, but I’m happy that I was part of the team which won the 2007 World Cup... In fact, I played in the 2011 World Cup as well... I’m also happy that I got to play alongside legends.
You’ve bowled the second-fastest ball ever, to England’s Craig Kieswetter, in 2010. Were you then aware you may have done something very special?
No, but I knew I was bowling fast that day, in the ODI at Lord’s.
Did you reach for the bubbly on being told that you’d equalled Brett Lee’s 161.1 kmph?
Was pleased, definitely... I’d worked hard to become a fast bowler and that came as a recognition of what I’d been putting in.
But were you slightly disappointed you couldn’t beat Shoaib Akhtar’s 161.3?
Not at all. It’s nice to be talked about in the same breath as Akhtar and Brett.
Is speed everything?
Important, not everything. You need to be accurate and swing helps. Of course, I accept that you can’t always have the three attributes at the same time.
Who’re the top-three fast bowlers right now?
Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn and... Morne Morkel.
Not too far back, Johnson was struggling with a number of issues...
I don’t know how Mitch came out of it all, but he’s been able to string everything together. So, credit to him.
India have a couple of bowlers capable of 145-plus...
Yeah... Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have the pace... They now need to manage their body well.
Your career suffered because of injuries. How can they be avoided?
You can’t do much about injuries... I certainly wouldn’t prescribe a change in anybody’s action, though. It’s best to bowl in a manner which comes naturally.
What would be your advice to young fast bowlers?
Always bowl to your strength(s). Keep it simple.
On captain Rahul Dravid’s instructions, you’d once gone flat out when Sanju Samson was at the Rajasthan Royals’ nets. The idea, apparently, was to test the youngster’s character...
Samson batted well that day... He likes taking up a challenge, is strong in the mind and has great composure. He has a future.
What was it like sharing the Royals’ dressing room with Dravid?
As a leader, Dravid always stayed relaxed, remained in one zone. Neither getting too excited nor feeling low. He injected calmness when so much keeps happening in a T20 game.
Your reaction when Sreesanth was arrested last year, in the closing stages of IPL VI...
First reaction was one of shock. It was, indeed, a bad time for the Royals.
Isn’t keeping cricket clean the No.1 challenge for everybody associated with the sport?
It has to be a priority.
Soon, it’s going to be World Cup time again... The favourites, with four months to go?
Australia, India and South Africa look the most dangerous... At home, we’ll be enjoying an advantage... India have a good ODI line-up... South Africa are expected to do well in their matches in Australia, reason being the conditions. They have one of the best attacks and, in Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, have two of the finest batsmen.
Could playing at home make it tougher for Australia, because of high expectations?
India won at home, in 2011, didn’t they?
India will be touring Australia before the World Cup. Are you going to look out for somebody in particular?
Australia and India are two of the top teams, so one expects a good contest... I’ll be interested in seeing how the Royals’ Ajinkya Rahane performs.
[In Tests, Australia’s No. 2 to India’s No. 5; in ODIs, Australia is at No.1, with India holding the No.3 position.]
South Australia’s home ground, the Adelaide Oval, has been transformed into a fabulous facility. Your thoughts?
Everybody in Adelaide is delighted at the way it has turned out... It’s a great setting for what should be a classic World Cup match India versus Pakistan, on February 15.
Finally... You’ve recently bought a pub in Port Elliot, not far from Adelaide. Are you, then, going to stay in Adelaide for good?
The pub is a partnership with a friend... Yes, Mashoom and I intend being in Adelaide. The shuttling between her home, Mumbai, and Australia will end.
The Telegraph, Calcutta