Player Profile: Shaun Tait

Shaun Tait

Date of birth:

Teams Represented:

Australia, Durham, Rajasthan Royals, South Australia

Batting style:

Right-hand bat

Bowling style:

Right-arm fast

Any bowler who fires it down at 100mph is a batsman’s worst nightmare and this is before their action is taken into consideration.

Dubbed ‘The Wild Thing’, Tait is one of the fastest bowlers in the world and in a T20 against Pakistan in February 2010, he recorded a ball measured at 160.7km/h (100mph) – the quickest ever bowled in Australia and the third fastest of all time.

Tait shot on to the Test scene during the infamous 2005 Ashes series. He replaced the experienced Jason Gillespie but his selection was vindicated as he returned figures of 3-97 in his first Test innings.

However, the rigours of the longest form of the game began to take their toll and Tait, reputation enhanced, returned from England to undergo surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the year.

The ‘slingy’ nature of his action has led many to compare him with former Australian great Jeff Thomson, but his unique technique puts an excessive amount of strain on the shoulder and it’s of no surprise that injuries have blighted his Test career.

With his express pace comes a level of unpredictability. He is prone to giving away extras as his erratic tendencies make him expensive but his impressive strike rate, particularly in the shortest form of the game, mark him out as a top class strike bowler.

The Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2003-04, Tait also picked up the ING Cup’s Best New Talent prize, predominantly for his 8-43 against Tasmania, the most impressive figures in domestic limited-overs history.

Reminiscent of England’s Marcus Trescothick, in January 2008 Tait announced he would be taking an indefinite break from the game due to physical and emotional exhaustion and in 2009 he gave up first class cricket in order to focus on the shorter forms of the game.

In the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies he bagged 23 wickets at an average of 20.30, and if anyone can get some life out of the slow turning Caribbean pitches, it will be Tait and he could turn out to be Australia’s biggest weapon.

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