Fit again fast bowler Shaun Tait is ready for the IPL, after playing his first match for MCC in the Emirates Airline T20 defeat to Lancashire - an experience he described as an honour.
Tait had a difficult return to cricket in his first outing since playing in the Big Bash League in January, taking an expensive 1-35 in his three over spell in Dubai.
But despite the chastening return to competitive cricket, the 29-year-old was delighted to appear in MCC colours for the first time in an often nomadic career.
"It's an honour to play here for MCC," Tait told Lord's TV at 7he Sevens Ground.
"It's probably the biggest club in the world."
Tait's career has been plagued with injuries - the result of an unorthodox slinging bowling action which can propel the ball at more than 100mph.
And though he has been out of the game for two months, the Australian is keen to get his 2012 on track in the IPL - a partner of MCC's Spirit of Cricket campaign.
His captain at Rajasthan Royals is his MCC teammate in Dubai, Rahul Dravid and Tait spoke of his admiration for the India legend, who he hopes is not paying his last IPL season despite announcing his international retirement.
"Hopefully Rahul will play another couple of seasons in the IPL, but whatever he decides to do, I'll look back at my career and to play under him as captain will be one of the highlights of my career."