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Essex add Shaun Tait for T20
Essex have signed a second Australian for the 2013 season by securing Shaun Tait for the Friends Life t20.
Tait, the slingy-armed Australian fast-bowler, will join batsman Rob Quiney who agreed to join for the first three months of the season. Tait will be available for the entire competition, including Finals Day.
Known for his pace and awkward action, similar to Lasith Malinga, Tait played three Tests, 35 ODIs and 19 T20s for Australia, his last appearance coming in March 2011. He is now a one-day specialist and has appeared in many of the global T20 leagues, most recently in the Bangladesh Premier League for Chittagong Kings.
He previously played in the Flt20 for Glamorgan in 2010 but, despite taking nine wickets, his overs went at nearly eight runs each and he was unable to help Glamorgan qualify for the quarter-finals.
Paul Grayson will be hoping he can have a more positive impact for Essex. "Shaun is an outstanding T20 bowler who has genuine pace and match-winning ability. We welcome him to the club for the T20 campaign and are hopeful of success with him in the team."
Essex will hope to return to Finals Day for the first time since 2010. Last season, they lost to Somerset in the quarter-final.
The signing follows deals clinched with experienced pair Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate. Shah had threatened to become a freelance cricketer but has agreed to play for Essex until the end of 2013, while Ten Doeschate has extended his contract until the end of 2014.