Shaun William Tait is a professional Australian cricketer, who currently plays only in the Twenty20 format. Tait plays in the Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes, for Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League and has represented Australia. He is a right arm fast bowler. Tait retired from One Day International cricket on 28 March 2011, following Australia’s early exit from the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
At his best Shaun Tait was one of the quickest bowlers in the world, but his best was seen only in the short formats for Australia, and even then only for a short while. A brutal bowler with a shoulder-strong action, Tait’s body found the workload too tough in the long form and played only three Tests, and was done with first-class cricket by the age of 25. In January 2008 he took an indefinite break from the game due to physical and emotional exhaustion and focused on one-dayers and T20s when he returned later that year. 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. With a muscular and unrefined method that seems to invite pain, Tait played a significant role in Australia’s World Cup triumph in the Caribbean in 2007, where he claimed 23 wickets; only Glenn McGrath took more throughout the tournament.