Melbourne:The speed gun might have declared it a 100-mile scorcher but Shaun Tait's thunderbolt against Pakistan didn't seem to be all that fast, says former Australian pacer Geoff Lawson.
The speed gun clocked Tait at 160.7km/h -- the fastest delivery recorded in Australia. But Lawson said some of Tait's other deliveries in the Twenty20 match seemed faster.
"That 160.7 ball didn't look that quick," Lawson told The Sun-Herald on Saturday.
"It got through to (Brad) Haddin at about knee height and it was dying off the pitch. He bowled a couple of others that were good-length balls that were still rising to Haddin, who was almost standing on the edge of the fielding circle. Those balls were super-quick," he added.
Asked whether Tait could break the 161.3km/h record set by Shoaib Akhtar, Lawson said, "It just depends whose radar you're using at the time. The radar's not an absolute measure of the speed, it's prone to error."
"You don't know exactly how fast you're going to bowl. Speed guns vary from place to place and they've all got to be calibrated and that sort of stuff. They're not absolutely correct ... They're certainly indicative, but they're not absolutely (correct)," he pointed out.