Starc bowls fastest ever Test de­liv­ery

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PERTH: Aus­tralian pace­man Mitchell Starc bowled what is be­lieved to be the fastest de­liv­ery in Test cricket history yes­ter­day on the third day of the sec­ond Test against New Zealand at the WACA Ground in Perth. Starc joined an ex­clu­sive club with a siz­zling de­liv­ery, with the fourth ball of his 21st over clocked at 160.4 kilo­me­tres per hour (99.7 mph). Only four other fast bowlers have of­fi­cially been recorded to have bowled at more than 160 kilo­me­tres per hour, but none of those de­liv­er­ies were in Test cricket. Pak­istan’s Shoaib Akhtar holds the record with a 161.3 kilo­me­tres per hour thun­der­bolt in a one-day match against Eng­land at New­lands in 2003. Aus­tralian pair Shaun Tait and Brett Lee were both recorded at 161.1 kilo­me­tres per hour, in sep­a­rate lim­ited overs matches. The only other bowler to reach the mark was Aus­tralian fire­brand Jeff Thom­son at 160.6 kilo­me­tres per hour, when he was clocked dur­ing a study into fast bowl­ing at the WACA Ground in 1976. Thom­son is widely con­sid­ered the fastest bowler in cricket history. Starc’s de­liv­ery was a yorker dug out by Kiwi bats­man Ross Tay­lor. On the very next ball, Tay­lor edged an at­tempted drive to gully, where a tough chance was grassed by Mitchell Marsh. — AFP

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