Adam Gilchrist ranks Shaun Tait spell against Kiwis at WACA as the fastest spell he has kept to
Gilchrist picks Tait ahead of Lee and Johnson.
Published - Nov 1, 2017 1:43 pm | Updated - Nov 1, 2017 1:43 pm
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist recently ranked Shaun Tait’s four-over spell against the Kiwis at the WACA ground at Perth back in 2007 as the fastest spell he has kept to. Gilchrist has kept behind the wickets to the likes of Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson who are renowned to be the fastest bowlers ever produced.
The match between Australia and New Zealand took place back in 2007 when Twenty-20 cricket was just beginning to find its feet in International Cricket. The match also marked the T20I debut of the speedster renowned to clock 160 kmph (100 miles) at ease.
It was only a month prior to the match that Tait had undergone one of the several injuries in this career which concerned his right elbow, and ruled him out of the inaugural edition of the World T20 earlier in the year.
During the match, the Kiwis were looking forward to rebuilding the innings after losing two wickets to hostile spells from Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson. They could hardly wait for a breather before “the Wild Thing” was introduced into the attack.
Gilchrist picks Tait ahead of Lee and Johnson
What followed was a steamy spell of bowling from Tait which Kiwi’s could hardly negotiate with.”‘Taity’ bowling at the WACA down-breeze. Evening. T20. Knowing he’s only got four overs max to bowl,” cited out Adam Gilchrist according to Cricket Network.
Gilchrist himself took a blinder at the edge of the 30-yard circle as Jamie How nicked one which flew off the bat and Gilly latched onto it in the second attempt, while diving backwards. Gilchrist, who was on the mic during the match tagged the take as “class without the CL” and also claimed that the “the Wild Thing has been unleashed”.
“That was probably the fastest spell of bowling that I’ve kept to. Keeping to ‘Taity’ that day reminded me of the joy of keeping. Standing so far back and just the fun. Wondering what’s coming, where it’s going. Diving around and having a laugh while you’re doing it,” concluded Adam Gilchrist.