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Tait to meet other depressed players

Australian pacer Shaun Tait will speak to sportspersons who have battled...

Australian pacer Shaun Tait will speak to sportspersons who have battled depression to revive his desire to play cricket. The 24-year-old stunned everyone by taking temporary retirement from international cricket yesterday citing mental and physical exhaustion.

And in a bid to get over it, he would now consult others like him, including England batsman Marcus Trescothick. Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) President Darren Lehmann confirmed that Tait will consult some athletes who have coped with depression to get over his mental block.

“There are a few (people) that we have got in the pipeline but I would rather not say who at the moment,” said Lehmann.

“He’s not in a great place at the moment. He has got to get back to enjoying life again,” he added. Lehmann has played with Tait in domestic cricket and described his current state as “sad”. “Looking back… he’s not (been) as happy as he was in the last few months. He was always struggling a bit on the field,” he revealed. “The simple fact for him is just getting back to basics. He just needs to get away for a while.”

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Lehmann’s view was echoed by South Australia coach Mark Sorell, who felt the youngster needed emotional support. “We will be giving him the space that he needs.”

First published on: 30-01-2008 at 11:41:33 pm
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