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Coyte says sayonara to cricketing career

After two seasons with the Breezair SA Scorpions and the Adelaide Strikers, former Australian player Sarah Coyte recently announced her retirement from domestic cricket.

After moving to Adelaide from her home state of New South Wales to join the Scorpions for the 2015/16 season, Sarah slotted in seamlessly to the playing group and took on a pseudo-leadership role having played at the highest level.

Sarah’s openly caring and friendly nature, coupled with her intense work ethic and overall talent for the game, was incredibly well received among the playing group in SA.

The 25-year-old all-rounder has been an asset to the Scorpions and Strikers over the past two seasons, leading the way in strength and conditioning and being an example of commitment for younger players.

Her contribution to the 2015/16 Women’s National Cricket League season was a key factor behind the Scorpions’ season triumph, when SA were able to stop New South Wales’ bid for an 11th straight WNCL title.

The 2016 WNCL season saw Sarah finish with 115 runs and nine wickets from six matches, while her bowling shone in WBBL|02, finishing with seven wickets and best figures of 2/13.

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Having played four Test matches, 30 ODIs and 47 T20Is for Australia since her international debut in 2010, Sarah chose to retire from the highest level in early 2016 to focus on her mental and physical health.

Scorpions’ head coach Andrea McCauley is sad to see Sarah leave the Scorpions playing group.

“Since joining SA, Sarah has had such a great influence over the young players, especially in terms of her commitment to strength and conditioning,” McCauley said.

“She really led the way for the younger Scorps and showed them just what it takes to be an elite athlete.

“It’s disappointing to lose such a quality player. I have enjoyed having Sarah as part of the group for the past two seasons but it’s so important that she looks after herself and does whatever it is she wants to do with her life next. I truly wish her all the best for this next chapter.”

Sarah said playing with the Scorpions had been the most enjoyable part of her career.

“The past two seasons with the Scorpions and the Strikers have been the best and most fun of my career. I will miss the girls so much; I have had the best fun with them,” she said.

“I want to thank SACA for everything they have done for me and the support they have offered during some hard times.

“After realising just how much I have missed my family, it is finally time for me to go home.”

Sarah Coyte of the Adelaide Strikers bowls during the WBBL match between the Strikers and Sixers at the Adelaide Oval on January 3, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

Tait hangs up his boots

South Australia’s ‘Wild Thing’ has retired from all forms of cricket.

Shaun Tait, one of the world’s fastest bowlers who represented Australia in all three formats after making his Test debut in 2005, most recently played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC Big Bash League this past summer but battled an elbow injury.

After representing SA Country at the age of 16, Tait made his first-class debut for South Australia in 2002/03.

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The speedster’s 65-wicket haul for the Redbacks in the 2004/05 Sheffield Shield season remains a state record.

Tait, now 34, played the first of his three Tests in 2005 and also played 35 ODIs. He was part of Australia’s unbeaten campaign at the 2007 World Cup.

Plagued with injury throughout his career, he retired from first-class cricket in 2009 and one-day internationals in 2011 and played only the shortest format in more recent years, representing the Adelaide Strikers from BBL|02-BBL|04.

His last game for Australia was a T20I in January last year.

The right-arm fast bowler famously unleashed a 161.1km/h delivery against England at Lord’s in 2010, which is the second fastest recorded of all time.

Shaun Tait of the West End Redbacks celebrates with teamates the wicket of Martin Love of the Bulls during the Pura Cup match against the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba in Brisbane, on January 19, 2003.