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Tait to concentrate on prolonging t20 career

Australian fast Bowler Shaun Tait has retired from international ODI cricket in order to concentrate on prolonging his career in t20 cricket.

The 28 year old, who played a key role in helping the Aussies reach the World Cup quarter final will retire from ODI cricket with immediate effect.

Tait played 35 one day internationals for Australia picking up 62 wickets.

"This is not a decision I have taken lightly but I believe it is one that will help me to prolong my cricketing career through the many Twenty20 avenues available," said Tait.

"In reality, playing all year round for Australia and South Australia is not allowing my body to stand up as I would like and I do not want to be forced into retirement through career-ending injuries."

"Twenty20 cricket allows me to manage my body to a level where I feel I can continue to contribute to the game for some time yet."

"My goal was to hopefully help Australia retain the ICC Cricket World Cup. However, with our involvement now finished I feel it is the perfect time to move on in a new direction."

"I have many great memories of one-day cricket both for my state and country with the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup obviously being the stand out."

"Being a member of a team containing so many legends of the game was a true highlight of my cricketing career, while any match a person plays for his country or state is truly an honour not to be taken lightly."

"Cricket Australia has been very supportive of me over the years and again have accepted the decision I have made. I am very thankful for all they have done and I now look forward to the next phase of my career."

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