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February 26, 2010
Shaun Tait is keen to take full advantage of what he hopes will be strong wind in Wellington as he aims to crank his speed past 160kph for the second time this month. In New Zealand, Tait has only ever played internationals in Auckland and Hamilton and is looking forward to testing out men like Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor in Friday night's first Twenty20.
"I've never played here before - the wind, I've got to get the right end," Tait told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I don't want to be pushing into it. It doesn't always happen that you know you can bowl at that sort of speed but when the time does come, every now and again, you're always going to have a crack at the quicker ball. I look up at the screen reasonably often to have a look at the speeds myself. Sometimes you can't help yourself.
"When you hit that 160 mark as a fast bowler, that's a pretty special feeling. The adrenaline is pumping, the crowd in Melbourne was really getting into it when I did it there. But you've got to be careful not to put too much pressure on yourself. The main thing I've got to do is take wickets."
Tait broke through the 160kph barrier during the Twenty20 against Pakistan at the MCG earlier this month when he let one delivery rip at 160.7kph. It was the fastest ball ever recorded in a match in Australia - the quickest anywhere was Shoaib Akhtar at 161.3kph in the 2003 World Cup - but Tait said he wasn't always convinced at the accuracy of the speed guns.
"You can tell when you're bowling around 160," Tait said. "Back home it seems like the Foxtel cameras are slower than the Channel Nine ones. But that doesn't matter. When you get up to the 160 mark, it's slightly rewarding. It's not something I think about all the time - but it'd be great to bowl the fastest recorded ball of all time."
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