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Watch: When Mitchell Starc stunned everyone by delivering the fastest bowl in Test Cricket

New Delhi: It was the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA in Perth in 2015 that became a nightmare for bowlers. Both David Warner and Ross Taylor hammered 250+ scores

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk Published on: June 05, 2016 17:34 IST
Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc managed to catch the eye by delivering the fastest ball

New Delhi: It was the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA in Perth in 2015 that became a nightmare for bowlers.

 

Both David Warner and Ross Taylor hammered 250+ scores as bowlers toiled on a pitch that traditionally offers plenty of assistance to speed merchants.

But, despite the run-fest, Mitchell Starc managed to catch the eye by delivering the fastest ball ever recorded in the history of Test cricket.

It was a vicious yorker at a speed of 160.4 kilometres per hour (99.7 mph) that Ross Taylor managed to dig out.

Taylor, who was then on 137, was dropped by Mitchell Marsh off the very next ball by Starc. That was a costly miss as he went on to make 290.

The fastest ball ever in international cricket was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar, which was recorded at 161.3 kilometres per hour in an ODI.

Shaun Tait and Brett Lee have also crossed the 161 kilometres per hour mark in ODIs.

New Zealand's batting coach Craig McMillan was not impressed by the Starc delivery and questioned the accuracy of the speed gun.

"Maybe someone in the (TV) truck was having a bit of fun. It looked pretty similar to a lot of the other deliveries throughout the day that were closer to 150 than 160. I'm not sure whether maybe the wrong button was pushed or what. I was a bit surprised when I saw it come up on the TV ... I just wonder whether there was a technical problem down at the truck that maybe led to that," he told the press.

An unfazed Starc was quick to fire a retort at McMillan, saying, "I'm happy for him to face me in the nets tomorrow if he wants."

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