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Full name Shaun William Tait
Born February 22, 1983, Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Current age 31 years 300 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Chittagong Kings, Durham, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Glamorgan, Melbourne Renegades, Mid West Rhinos, Rajasthan Royals, South Australia, Wellington
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Height 1.93 m
|Test debut||England v Australia at Nottingham, Aug 25-28, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v India at Perth, Jan 16-19, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 2, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Australia at Ahmedabad, Mar 24, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v New Zealand at Perth, Dec 11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 14, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Queensland v South Australia at Brisbane, Nov 28-Dec 1, 2008 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||South Australia v Queensland at Brisbane, Oct 12, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Australia A v Pakistanis at Adelaide, Jan 13, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars at Adelaide, Dec 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/24||Strikers||v Melb Stars||Adelaide||18 Dec 2014||T20|
|2/62, 1||South Aust||v Queensland||Brisbane||12 Oct 2014||LA|
|0*, 2/39||South Aust||v West Aust||Brisbane||8 Oct 2014||LA|
|0, 0/68||South Aust||v NSW||Brisbane||4 Oct 2014||LA|
|0/58||M.C.C.||v ROW XI||Lord's||5 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|2/44||Strikers||v Melb Reneg||Adelaide||22 Jan 2014||T20|
|2/26, 0||Strikers||v Heat||Adelaide||18 Jan 2014||T20|
|3/41||Strikers||v Scorchers||Perth||16 Jan 2014||T20|
|1*, 0/33||Strikers||v Melb Stars||Melbourne||9 Jan 2014||T20|
|1/34||Strikers||v Syd Sixers||Adelaide||5 Jan 2014||T20|
Shaun Tait's body found the Test workload too tough but he has remained a brutal bowler in the game's short forms. In January 2008 he took an indefinite break from the game due to physical and emotional exhaustion and since returning later that year has focused only on Twenty20s and one-dayers. The method has proved highly successful as he floats around the world delivering short, blistering spells. As a late addition to Australia's one-day squad in 2010, he unleashed a ball against England at Lord's that registered at 161.1kph, the second-fastest of all-time, but it has been the consistent push for speed that has crippled him regularly.
While Tait's shoulder-strong action slung him on to the 2005 Ashes tour, where he played two Tests ahead of his more celebrated South Australia team-mate Jason Gillespie, it soon disrupted his quest for further international impact. With a muscular and unrefined method that seems to invite pain, Tait returned from England buoyed by his promotion only to hurt himself in a grade match and the subsequent shoulder surgery forced him out for the rest of the year. He experienced no damage to his frightening pace stores, and returned to national colours in the absence of Brett Lee to play a significant role in Australia's unbeaten defence of the 2007 World Cup. He was back in the Caribbean three years later when Australia reached the World Twenty20 final, and remains a favourite of Ricky Ponting's for his strike-power. He was one of the key components of Australia's pace-heavy 2011 World Cup campaign, but once they exited at the quarter-final stage, he announced his decision to quit one-day cricket and focus completely on the Twenty20 format.
Despite numerous setbacks - a back problem suffered in the nets ended his trip to South Africa and a hamstring complaint delayed his ODI entry until the eve of the World Cup in 2007 - his old-fashioned approach of yorkers and bumpers mixed with a modern dose of sharp reverse-swing causes huge excitement for everyone but the batsmen. Like Dennis Lillee, another whose body broke chasing pace, Tait can shine the ball across his chest, and finished his first Test day with a splash of red on his shirt as well as the wickets of Marcus Trescothick and Ian Bell.
The Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2003-04, Tait also picked up the ING Cup's Best New Talent prize, chiefly for his 8 for 43 against Tasmania, the most impressive figures in domestic limited-overs history. When Lee was injured Tait was taken as a development player on the Sri Lanka tour, where he introduced himself to Ponting in the nets by hitting him in the head with a bouncer. His early beginnings might have been spicy, but his next year was even tastier with 65 first-class wickets in ten matches. An abbreviated 2005-06 included 6 for 41 in the ING Cup Final - an amazing combination of spot-on speed and 14 wides - and he backed up the following season to earn his first start in the national one-day side.
In his opening two matches he showed his range, giving up 2 for 68 and 1 for 26 from his ten overs, and clocked 160kph. It won him a World Cup spot and his 23 wickets at 20.30 in the Caribbean proved Lillee's belief that he "has all the resources to stick the ball right up the noses of the batsmen". However, he needed elbow surgery on his return home and spent the winter in rehab. A child of the Adelaide Hills, he received his best advice at the age of seven when his father suggested he play cricket.
Peter English and ESPNcricinfo staff March 2011
Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year - 2004
ICC Emerging Player of the Year 2007