Shaun Tait : challenging the speed gun!

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What is the fastest ball ever bowled in cricket? before I tell you the rumors, fans must know that ICC doesn't recognize the speed gun or speedometer set at stadiums by TV broadcasters. it, no doubt, interests the viewers but its hardly official.

"Most famous" fastest ball was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan against England in a 2003 world cup match at Newlands ground in Capetown. 161.3 kilometers per hour or 100 miles/hr approximatively. see video. Interestingly, the very next ball from Wasim Akram again showed the same reading, and thus - the confusion!

In fact, past bowlers claim that similar effort-ed bowling by same bowler at a New Zealand venue shows much lower speed on the measurement device as compared to the delivery bowled in South African conditions.

But, lets not take nothing away from Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee and Shane Bond. They, in themselves, are a spectacle to watch in action cause fast bowling is a tough job, not many can do. As Kevin Mitchell puts it - "secret of bowling fast? its about rhythm. and angles, and staying fit and getting your body to click!"

Another requirement to become a genuinely fast bowler is attitude. A young upcoming fast bowler should say & believe in something like hero of this article - Shaun Tait, says - "That's one thing I'll refuse to do, is to bowl within myself". "If I'm going to bowl within myself, I won't play... I want to go in and bowl as fast as I can!"

Shaun-Tait-Fast-Bowler.jpg Who is Shaun Tait? Comes from Adelaide (in South Australia), is 1.93 meters in height and bowls over 150 kmph frequently. this latest Aussie speedster has a muscular bowling action - bends back and shoots the ball from quite a low angle. his mantra - yorkers and bouncers mixed with inswing through new ball. I also must mention the number of wides Tait bowls per match!

Due to his action, back injuries have already affected Shaun Tait's career, in which he made test match debut against England in 2005 Ashes & also picked up 23 wickets in World Cup 2007. Aussie selector believe that really quick balls are tough to play for any batsman and thus - more chances will come Sloon's way, who also holds the record of best bowling figures in Australian domestic cricket - 8 for 43!

Shaun Tait career statistic at Cricket Australia website.

Trivia :
Born : February 22nd 1983.
Nick Name : Sloon.
Number : 392nd test player of Australia, 162th in ODIs.
Ideal Holiday destination : Greece.
Sporting hero : Shaquille O'Neal (Basket ball player).

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