By News Team
30th April 2020
Nothing strikes fear into a batsman more than a fast bowler steaming in and unleashing deliveries upwards of 90mph. From Mitchell Starc to Shoaib Akhtar, here are five of the bowlers who really got the speed gun purring.
Mitchell Starc – Australia
Mitchell Starc is famously known for his magnificent pace but in a Test against New Zealand in 2015, even he was not expecting to produce a historic delivery like this one.
Starc steamed in before bowling a pitch-perfect yorker at top Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor. To everyone’s amazement, Taylor managed to keep it out but soon after the figures came in. Starc had delivered a ball which clocked in at 160.4kmph (99.6mph) which meant that it was the second quickest delivery in Australian Test cricket history.
Jeff Thompson – Australia
Jeff Thompson becomes the second Australian to make the list with his infamous delivery against the West Indies in 1975.
Thompson clocked in at an incredible 160.6kmph (99.7mph) which was unheard of during that era of cricket. Thompson’s delivery would be the fastest delivery in cricket history for quite some time. The record stood from 1975 to 2002 until Pakistani Shoaib Akhtar finally broke it. Thompson’s delivery is to this day the fastest ball bowled by an Australian in a Test match.
Shaun Tait – Australia
Third on the list is once again an Australian that goes by the name of Shaun Tait. Tait was known as the ‘wild thing’ and that was a pretty apt description of the Aussie paceman. His deliveries shook the best batsmen in the world, but nothing came close to this delivery in 2007.
Tait’s fastest ever delivery in his career came against England in an ODI at Lords where he clocked in at a rip-snorting 161.1kmph (100.1mph). Although this delivery did not break any records, it does stand as the second quickest ball in all forms of Australian cricket. The next bowler on the list holds that record.
Brett Lee – Australia
Another delivery, another Australian. When you think of Brett Lee, you are reminded of his aggression, his excellence and his speed. This all came into play against the West Indies in 2003.
Lee broke every Australian bowling record with this delivery after it flew by the stumps at a speed of 161.8kmph (100.5mph). This was officially the fastest ball bowled in an ODI match and the fastest ball bowled by an Australian in any form of cricket. Lee is remembered to be one of the greatest Australian bowlers of all time.
Shoaib Akhtar – Pakistan
In number one spot is Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan. Nicknamed the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ due to fans believing that he was a train, Akhtar is the fastest bowler in cricket history.
Whilst featuring against England at the 2003 World Cup, Akhtar unleashed a ferocious delivery at England opener Nick Knight that clocked in at 161.3kmph (100.2mph) leaving commentators and viewers stunned. The delivery would officially go down as the fastest delivery in cricket history and to this day, it has still never been beaten.