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Essex bring in Tait for T20

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March 1, 2013

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Shaun Tait appeals against Canada, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011
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Essex have signed a second Australian for the 2013 season by securing Shaun Tait for the Friends Life t20.

Tait, the slingy-armed Australian fast-bowler, will join batsman Rob Quiney who agreed to join for the first three months of the season. Tait will be available for the entire competition, including finals day.

Known for his pace and awkward action, similar to Lasith Malinga, Tait played three Tests, 35 ODIs and 19 T20s for Australia, his last appearance coming in March 2011. He is now a one-day specialist and has appeared in many of the global T20 leagues, most recently in the Bangladesh Premier League for Chittagong Kings.

He previously played in the Flt20 for Glamorgan in 2010 but, despite taking nine wickets, his overs went at nearly eight runs each and he was unable to help Glamorgan qualify for the quarter-finals.

Paul Grayson will be hoping he can have a more positive impact for Essex. "Shaun is an outstanding T20 bowler who has genuine pace and match-winning ability. We welcome him to the club for the T20 campaign and are hopeful of success with him in the team."

Essex will hope to return to finals day for the first time since 2010. Last season, they lost to Somerset in the quarter-final.

The signing follows deals clinched with experienced pair Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate. Shah had threatened to become a freelance cricketer but has agreed to play for Essex until the end of 2013, while ten Doeschate has extended his contract until the end of 2014.

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Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (March 2, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

"his overs went at nearly eight runs each" I would think going for under 8 runs an over in t20 is actually quite decent.

Posted by CricketCoachDB on (March 1, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

I saw him clocked at 150 in the BBL...boy is still seriously quick. A lot of the BPL pitches were very slow.

Posted by class9ryan on (March 1, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Reducing pace has helped him not to be wayward and I appreciate Essex's idea to include him as they probably don't have a genuine strike bowler.

Posted by saifur.raffael on (March 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

I think Shaun Tait has reduced his pace now days, saw him in the BPL bowling around 140. He also had some problems with wides and no balls ,reducing pace did work somewhat in the BPL and BBL recently. He has now become more of a clever Bowler like Alfonso Thomas.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 1, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

@Meety: I agree Tait on form is special, and no doubt for Australia was unplayable at times (big fan of his action too), but I think his performances rely on his passion for his team. A few years back he played for Glamorgan, so I went to see a lot of the home games he was in. He didn't really look that interested, his pace was down and he was wayward. I hope this was due to a dip in fitness but I remember wondering if it was because he didn't care, considering a few months earlier he was tearing teams up in Aus. It'll be interesting to see if he does well this time.

Posted by Meety on (March 1, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

He is a great short form strike bowers. One of the best strike bowlers ever in ODIs.

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