Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait will join up with the Essex T20 squad this week and says that their is no excuse why they can't be there on Finals Day.
Tait has county cricket experience already under his belt having represented both Durham and Glamorgan.
The 30-year-old has played in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash in his homeland but believes the English T20 is up there with the best in the world.
"It's good to be part of Essex this year. I've played in this comp before and it's a high standard of competition and there's good crowds, everyone gets behind it," he told Sky Sports.
"I think the standard of cricket is as good as it gets. I think it's definitely a difficult competition to play in. There's a lot of good players around the place. I actually enjoy it because the weather is cooler than India - it's a bit easier to run in and bowl!"
With the Essex squads blend of youth and experience, Tait see's them as having a strong chance of reaching Finals Day.
"I like playing in teams that have a good mixture of experienced players and some young players as well. This is what Essex has and I think there's no excuse why we can't be there on Finals Day."
Tait, who is used to playing in big Australian grounds, admits he enjoys the atmosphere at the smaller English grounds, even though it can hinder a bowler.
"I played at Chelmsford before so I'm aware of what's coming up," said Tait. "Hopefully my form's alright and I do OK but I'm sure they'll be a couple of games where the boundaries come into play and I take a bit of tap."
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