New Delhi:Shaun Tait may be looking forward to providing the Indian batsmen with some chin music when the India-Australia series gets underway later this month but first he has to battle some attempts at mental disintegration.
Tait, who took two wickets in Australia's 54-run win over New Zealand in Tuesday's Twenty20 encounter could be under the watchful eyes of the New Zealanders who believe that the fact that Tait is managing to generate speeds of up to 160kph could be due to a flaw in his action.
Daniel Vettori says he and his teammates are not sure of the legality of his action.
However, New Zealand has not made any official complaint as yet to Match Referee Roshan Mahanama.
New Zealand has ensured there will be extra focus on Shaun Tait if he plays on his home ground on Friday after refusing to clear his action.
The coach John Bracewell would not comment on Tait, who stunned New Zealand in the Twenty20 on Tuesday, after Daniel Vettori said there would be speculation over the validity of his deliveries because of their extreme pace
Tait's shoulder-strong technique, low delivery position and flexible wrist are behind the power that has pushed him to 160kph, but when asked whether he was happy with Tait's action Vettori said: "You ask Braces (John Bracewell) that one.
"I haven't looked at it in-depthly enough. I think people are going to speculate on it whenever someone bowls fast, it's always the first thing people look at. It's up to people that are on a position to comment on it to comment on it."
Mahanama said New Zealand had not approached him. "It has not come up for discussion at all," he said, "so there is no special comment on that."
Cricket Australia says this is the first they have heard of the matter and that it is not wise to get fast bowlers angrier than they already are.