I want to be the fastest bowler on the planet: Tait

Published: Monday, April 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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St George's (Grenada):Australia pacer Shaun Tait says he wants to be remembered as the fastest bowler in the world.

Tait, who has been giving a harrowing time to the batsmen in the ongoing World Cup with his extreme - if somewhat wild - pace bowling, is keen to get to the top of the ladder and be counted as the fastest.

''It will be great to be among the quickest along with teammate Brett Lee and Pakistan spearhead Shoaib Akhtar,'' Tait said.

Though he was expensive against Sri Lanka in the Super Eight league game, he was on fire when the Aussies ran amok against Ireland in Barbados last week.

''I was looking forward to such a wicket,'' Tait said.

''It was my dream to play for Australia with these great players. By bowling with them I have gained a lot of confidence. I want to be known as the fastest bowler at some stage of my career and I would love to be talked about as a fast, fearsome bowler,'' he added.

''But after getting into the Australian team I have realised that pace is not enough to be the best. One should polish the art of bowling at the right areas to take wickets.

''I have been taking a lot of tips from Troy Cooley, our pace bowling coach. Brett Lee too has helped me. When we bowl together, I feel a lot more confident.

Whenever I have gone up to him for tips, he has always been a great help ''Skipper Ricky Ponting gave me the new ball and told me not to worry about extras. Against Scotland and Holland, I tried to bowl too fast and knock them over.

But I realised very soon that I ought to be careful and not get carried away,'' the 24-year-old from Adelaide said.


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