Shaun Tait, a former Australian international fast bowler, wants to keep the aggression and intensity high in Pakistan during his one-year stint at the bowling coaching.
Tait stated that “Their intensity, their aggression will be a major part of fast bowling. It must be so,” during a videoconference.
Tait retired from international cricket in 2016, after he played his final T20 match for Australia. Before leaving Afghanistan last December, he had a brief stint as a bowling coach for the Afghanistan team during the T20 World Cup.
Tait said that he has been slowly progressing in coaching. He also played for Australia in four test matches and 35 internationals. “I believed I had more to offer players so I decided to go down the coaching route. I think it would be something I can do and be comfortable at.
“It’s been a progression through certain ranks and whatnot the usual story, but it’s been something I really enjoyed… being involved with the Pakistani team is amazing.”
Pakistan is busy as it hosts New Zealand and England, as well as touring Sri Lanka and playing in the Asia Cup.
Tait believes that it is the right time for him to work with fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali from Pakistan, as well as Faheem Ashraf.
Tait stated that all three formats will be played heavily in the coming 12 months. “It’s a great moment to come in.” There are many pressures associated with international cricket. If I can take that pressure off fast bowlers and be there for them, that’s probably a large part of my job.”
The three Pakistan fast bowlers took only eight wickets in the two drawn matches against a slow, batsman-dominated wicket.
With nine wickets shared, the trio of Australian fast bowlers — Mitchell Starc, Cameron Green and captain Pat Cummins — are just a little ahead of Pakistan.
Tait stated, “It’s been difficult going for the fast bowlers.” “It’s been hard for both teams…we don’t know what next test will bring so I’m just working with the players and moving on to the next match.”