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Tall Blacks guard Lindsay Tait retires

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/05/2016
Lindsay Tait in action for the Tall Blacks © Getty Images Lindsay Tait in action for the Tall Blacks

Long-serving point guard Lindsay Tait has announced his international retirement, making him unavailable for the Tall Blacks' Olympic qualifying campaign.

Tait, 34, says the time is right to end a career which began in 2003 and has taken in two World Cup campaigns.

He says he didn't feel ready to compete for the Tall Blacks in their last bid to qualify for Rio at a cut-throat tournament in Manila in July.

"At my age and the way the game is evolving so quickly I have been on the fence a little while now with this decision. I am happy with the timing though," he said.

Tait says his career highlights were a pivotal role in their 2009 Oceania championship upset of Australia and lining up against a star-studded United States team at the 2014 World Cup.

Tall Blacks coach and former rival for the point guard role Paul Henare described Tait as one of the most committed players he had seen.

"Undoubtedly he will go down in history as one of New Zealand's greatest players," Henare said.

Tait had NBL stints with the NZ Breakers, Wollongong Hawks and Cairns Taipans and is a seven-time New Zealand domestic winner at various clubs. He was named MVP three times.

He will continue to play domestically for the Auckland club the Super City Rangers.

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