Top 5 spells from Shaun Tait's eventful career
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
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.