Akhtar is on record the fastest bowler ever to have played international cricket, lee was a tad bit slower and Mohammad Zahid is someone almost all international Pakistanis consider to be easily quicker than Akhtar himself. Regardless of all that, Shoaib bowled the fastest delivery ever recorded in an international match and thus can lay claim to being the fastest bowler ever to this date.
Tait wants it for himself though and hes only just 26, its quite scary how his carefree light jog approach to the crease generates so much pace. I suppose its a lot of wrist work there.
Shaun Tait unleashes record thunderbolt in T20 win
MICHAEL Clarke declared the "Wild Thing" is back after Shaun Tait bowled the fastest delivery ever recorded in Australia during a devastating spell which snatched Australia a Twenty20 victory over Pakistan in Melbourne last night.
The biggest roar of the night from the largest crowd of the summer, 60,045, came when a primed Tait clocked 160.7km/h with the third ball of Pakistan's innings on the way to finishing with 3-13 from his four overs.
Defending a meagre 127 after a dreadful batting performance, Australia restricted Pakistan to 9-125 from its 20 overs to win by two runs.
Under new Twenty20 captain Clarke, Australia completed a clean sweep of Pakistan this summer, having won all three Tests and all five one-day matches.
Two late wickets from 20-year-old debutant Steven Smith (2-34) compounded Pakistan's misery as Clarke bravely continued to attack. He kept a slip in for the young leg-spinner and twice put in three slips during Tait's blistering opening two overs.
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It is not the first time in his career Tait has clocked the magical 100mph on the old scale but sadly the body of this super-talented 26-year-old has been so decimated by injury he now only plays the short forms of the game for South Australia.
"He's got more in him," Clarke joked after the match.
Tait is now chasing Shoaib Akhtar's world record of 161.3, recorded during the 2003 World Cup.
"It's amazing how fast Shoaib bowled," Tait said later. "I almost killed myself out there tonight. It (the record) is not something I think about all the time.
"There are only certain moments in your career when you've got a chance to do it. You've probably got two balls in a game. I did it with my third ball and had a crack with my next ball but it's hard to get back up to that pace."
Tait said he was able to bowl so quickly because he was fresh.
"Looking back, the decision I've made at this stage only to play the short forms of the game has been a pretty solid one," he said. "I'm really enjoying the shorter forms and tonight was just good fun."
Pace is pace and is always fun to watch, I feel there was no better sight than a pumped up akhtar literally sprinting to the crease with that amazing slingy action and those amazing celebrations. Miss those days.