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Tait's fast distraction

Shaun Tait bowled the fastest ball on Australian soil when he reached 100.4mph in Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Melbourne this month. The South Australia paceman then announced he would be chasing Shoaib Akhtar's speedgun best of 100.8mph during the 2003 World Cup. Coaches regard speedgun rivalry as an unwelcome distraction, and Angus Fraser cites England team-mate Darren Gough as an amusing example. When a batsman has cover-driven Gough for four, television cameras might pick up the Yorkshireman looking in the opposite direction with a smile... at his speedgun figure.

Posted by Charlie Randall
18/02/2010 12:33:20
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