Tait hangs up his boots

28 March 2017 00:50:06 GMTPlus11

Cricket Australia has paid tribute to Shaun Tait for his long-term contribution to the sport following his retirement.

Tait, 34, represented Australia, 1.40 to win The Ashes series outright this winter, in all three forms of the game, playing three Tests, 35 ODIs and 21 Twenty20 internationals.

His final appearance in Aussie colours came in early 2016, in a T20 match against India at the SCG. That game was during a fine spell of personal form at the Big Bash League. However, he had already retired from ODIs way back in 2011.

"In his prime, Shaun was the world's fastest bowler. It was incredibly exciting to watch him in full flight bursting through the defences of the game's best batsmen," said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

"Perhaps the highlight of his playing career was the instrumental role he played in the Caribbean during Australia's World Cup-winning campaign in 2007.

"Unfortunately injuries restricted Shaun at certain stages and he certainly didn't play as much as he would have liked," Sutherland added.

"We take this moment to applaud him for his achievements and contribution on the field and wish him well for the future."

Tait made his international debut in the 2005 Ashes and went on to play on the county scene for Essex and Glamorgan, 1213.00 to win the County Championship Division Two title this year.

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