Australia Cricket Players
Shaun TaitShaun William Tait (born 22 February 1983 in Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian Test and One Day International cricketer. He is a right arm fast bowler.
After an impressive domestic summer Tait was called up to the Australian squad for the 2005 England Ashes tour. As a result of injury to Glenn McGrath and poor form of Jason Gillespie, Tait made his Test debut at Trent Bridge in the Fourth Test. Tait had match figures of 3/121 off 28 overs in a 3-wicket loss to England. He played in the final Fifth Test as well, but on his return to Australia severely injured his shoulder. He underwent shoulder surgery and as a result was not in a position to press for selection in the 2005/06 international cricket season. He underwent staged rehabilitation and for a time was able to bowl but unable to throw from his usual boundary fielding position. Nonetheless he was a part of the South Australian state team that contested the 2005/6 ING Cup Final, securing impressive figures of 6 for 41 off 10 overs. He took 7/27 for South Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, in December 2007 (man of the match).
Tait made his One Day International debut on 2 February 2007 against England at the SCG.
Tait was selected in Australia's 2007 World Cup squad. With Brett Lee missing the entire tournament due to an ankle injury Tait had to assume the responsibility of being a key bowler and Australia's main strike bowler. Despite this added pressure he was very impressive throughout the tournament, with the highlight being a career best 4-39 in the 2007 Cricket World Cup semi-final where Australia easily defeated South Africa.  Tait finished the tournament with 23 wickets from 11 matches (equal second highest for the tournament, after Glenn McGrath with 26 wickets) at an average of 20.30. Tait capable of bowling in the 150s was immediately effective on the fast and bouncy pitches of the Carribean. He has the ability of giving hostile bowling spells though he is erratic at times.