South Africa news August 11, 2011

Shaun Tait joins Dolphins for Pro20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shaun Tait, the Australia fast bowler, has signed up with Dolphins, the Durban-based franchise, for the Pro20 competition for the 2011-12 season. Tait retired from Tests and ODIs following Australia's exit in the quarter-final stage of the 2011 World Cup, but represented Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this year, grabbing six wickets in four games.

"Having played last year in Durban during the Champions Trophy, I know that I am really looking forward to getting back and bowling at a ground that definitely suits me," Tait said. "I am genuinely excited to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to playing my part with the Dolphins in seeing them taste success."

The CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union and Dolphins Cricket, Jesse Chellan, was thrilled that Tait had signed on. "He is a world class, match-winning fast bowler and will add much needed pace to our attack," he said. "We are serious about 'crossing the finishing line' this season and we have no doubt that Shaun will help deliver on this to our fans."

Graham Ford, the Dolphins coach, added: "Our young players have progressed extremely well over the past 12 months and for them to now play alongside the fastest bowler in world cricket will be a wonderful learning opportunity and a massive experience."

The Dolphins topped the table in the league phase of the Pro20 competition last year but were beaten in the semi-final by the Warriors. Their first Pro20 match this season is next February.

Besides the IPL and the Dolphins, Tait also has a T20 contract with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. He was forced to turn down a deal with Surrey earlier this year due to an elbow injury sustained during the IPL.

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  • Andrew on August 12, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    Good for Tait. Never saw the best of him at International level. I think he is a good buy for any T20 franchise. I would still consider him & Nannes for T20 W/Cup too.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    I used to be a massive fan of Tait, but I've concluded on the back of his retirement from one day cricket that he is soft. He had the potential to be one of the best fast bowlers of our generation with his absolute express pace and legitimate strike potential, however he became so scared of another injury he just gave up on himself. A true disappointment. Best of luck to him though, I still love watching him steam in.

  • Sialkoti on August 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    T2020 is really the future of cricket. Not all the players have the temperament , stamina and desire to play test cricket and also to some extent ODI cricket. You can ask Afridi and he will be happy to play 3 t2020 match a day.

    T2020 is good for fast bowlers who no longer can ball at their peak after 5 over spell. Likes of Bret Lee, Akhtar, Malinga and Tait. So where should they go , retire , no there is a big market and oppertunity for these bowlers in T2020.

    I still think that future of cricket is in T2020, ICC should promote T2020 cricket all the time.

  • Steve on August 11, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Good for him. I was surprised when he retired from ODIs after WC. It will be hard to maintain high level of physical fitness and mental conditioning required these days if you don't play at least first class cricket. You can already see the decline in IPL performances from Gilly and Symonds.

  • Adrian on August 11, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    The era of the T20 specialists begins. Of course, in Tait's defence, he doesn't have the stamina to handle more than 4 overs. He even slows down after 2 or 3!

  • Bryn on August 11, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    this is awesome for their team, he will cut through teams batting

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