Australia paceman Mitchell Starc bowled what is believed to be the fastest delivery in the history of Test cricket during the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA yesterday.
Ross Taylor, on 137 not out at the time, was the rushed batsman as Starc sent down a rapid yorker, which was clocked at 160.4kph (99.7mph), to join an exclusive club of the game’s quickest ever bowlers.
Just four other people have reached speeds in excess of 160kph. The only non-Australian, Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, holds the record with a 161.3kph delivery in a one-day match against England in 2003.
Brett Lee and Shaun Tait have both hit 161.1kph in limited-overs games, while Jeff Thomson was clocked at 160.6kph during a study into fast bowling, also at the WACA, in 1975, according to Cricket Australia.
Although Starc has now set a new standard in Tests, day three in Perth belonged to New Zealand as Taylor (235*) and Kane Williamson (166) took the Black Caps to 510-6 in reply to Australia’s 559-9 dec.
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