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Top 5 spells from Shaun Tait's eventful career

Reliving the fast and furious spells of the recently retired Tait.

Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait was one of the quickest bowlers in the game’s history

There are few better sights in cricket than a fast bowler steaming in and tormenting the batsman physically and psychologically. Among the breed of express pacers in the modern era, Shaun Tait treated spectators across the globe to a thrilling exhibition of quick bowling. The 34-year old recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Although he was not quite able to fulfill those lofty expectations in a career besotted with numerous injuries, the Australian provided plenty of exhilarating moments. His unique action as well as unbridled pace often left batsmen gasping for breath and turned many a game on its head.

Here are five such memorable spells from Tait’s fast and furious career.


#5 – 6/41 in 2006 ING Cup final

Shaun Tait
Tait single-handedly threatened to steal the thunder from New South Wales

Although he had already made his Test debut then, the 2006 ING Cup final paved the way for Tait to enter into Australia’s limited-overs teams. On a rapid Adelaide surface, South Australia were blown away for just 154 without even batting their full quota of 50 overs.

Tait, who had just turned 23, almost single-handedly brought his state team on the brink of a famous victory. A strong New South Wales batting line-up led by Brad Haddin felt the tremors of the right-armer's raw pace. Despite picking up six wickets from his ten overs, his effort went in vain as the visitors held on to complete a thrilling one-wicket triumph.

Nevertheless, he managed to send a timely reminder to the national selectors. 

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