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Australia paceman Shaun Tait agrees Surrey deal

Shaun Tait
Tait's bowling has been timed at just under 100mph

Surrey have signed Australia paceman Shaun Tait as an overseas player for this summer's FP t20 competition.

The 27-year-old will join up with Surrey shortly before their first group match against Gloucestershire on Thursday, 2 June.

Tait is widely regarded as the fastest bowler in the world and is currently featuring for Australia in the Twenty20 and one-day series against England.

He has also been included in their provisional ICC World Cup squad.

Tait played for Glamorgan in last summer's Twenty20 competition but was unable to help them qualify from the group stages.

But Surrey cricket manager Chris Adams told BBC London 94.9 that he was delighted to have the South Australia paceman on board for the duration of the competition.

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"He's a very exiting signing for Surrey and the team," said Adams. "I've just told them now and they're absolutely thrilled with the signing.

"[He's a] super player, smashing player. I think we just saw for Australia, he's getting up to 92-93mph straight away so to bring those attributes here into English conditions, where the wickets are a little bit more receptive to seam, then he's going to be a fearsome prospect."

Tait, who has taken 80 wickets at an average of 19.81 in Twenty20 cricket, told the club website: "This is a pretty exciting move for me.

"I've a bit of unfinished business in county cricket and I'll be giving it my all for Surrey this year.

"I always strive to take wickets and love being part of a close knit team. Some good reports about how Surrey are shaping up for 2011 have been filtering through so I'm confident that the team can go a few steps further this year in the FP t20.

"Finals day is something I really want to be involved in."



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