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Australian star Shaun Tait returns for second T20 spell at Glamorgan.

Byline: Gareth Griffiths Sports writer gareth.griffiths@walesonline.co.uk

GLAMORGAN have signed Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait for a second T20 stint at the county this summer as he prepares to play in the second half of the Natwest Blast.

Tait had a stint at the club in 2010 under Matthew Maynard and has since featured for Essex in the domestic tournament.

Last season Tait played for Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast, including two impressive performances against Glamorgan in the group stage, taking 3-28 in Cardiff and 3-33 in Chelmsford, to help the Eagles pip the Welsh county to a qualifying spot in the knockout stages.

It is understood Tait will turn out for the Welsh county this summer in the second half of the NatWest T20 Blast with another overseas signing being targeted for the first part of the tournament which is played once a week.

Tait has become a T20 specialist around the world after finishing firstclass cricket in 2008 at the age of 25, which included three Tests for Australia.

His extensive list of T20 sides includes Adelaide Strikers, Chittagong Kings, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Mid West Rhinos, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajasthan Royals, South Australia and Wellington. The 33-year-old appeared in the Pakistan T20 Super League for Peshawar Zalmi last month and his recall to the Australia national set-up came off the back of some hostile spells in the most recent edition of the Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes.

Tait had been recalled by Australia after an absence of almost five years for the three-match Twenty20 series against India in January and featured in the trio of matches.

He was selected again because he was still recognised as the fastest bowler in Australia but Tait was not included in the final 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup in India where Steve Smith's side bowed out at the group stages.

Dubbed 'The Wild Thing', Tait is considered one of the fastest bowlers in the word and regularly delivers the ball at speeds over 90mph.

At a T20 international in February against Pakistan, Tait bowled a ball measured at 160.7 kmh, the fastest ball ever recorded in Australia.

His fastest ball was against England at Lords at (100.1 mph) in 2010, which is equal second fastest of all time behind Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar.

Chief executive Hugh Morris is delighted with the new recruit and the extra firepower he will bring to the Glamorgan attack for seven games at the end of the group stages of the competition.

"We believe we have a very competitive team and as one of the fastest bowlers in the world Shaun will add a cutting edge to our attack," said Morris.

"We are also in negotiations with another overseas player for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast and hope to make an announcement in the coming weeks."

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Date:Apr 1, 2016
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