Ashes 2017: How unplayable was Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’?

first_imgToo early? Yes! But for the time being the ball of the 22nd century has been decided and it was a ripper.On December 17, 2017, Mitchell Starc bowled a peach of a delivery that disturbed the timber to send a set James Vince packing on Day 4 of the third Ashes Test at the WACA.The ball of the last century belonged to Shane Warne, who bowled Mike Gatting out on June 4, 1993 during the second Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Warney’s leg-spinner pitched outside leg — on a foot hole — and turned a fair bit to disturb the stumps. And after 24 years, six months and 13 days, we have another Australian getting the better of an Englishman.Starc angled in from round the wicket and hurled a length ball pitching around middle at 143.9 kmph. The ball pitched and deflected at an angle of 3.9 degrees (as seen in the pitch map later). Vince looked to clip it away with the angle but found the late movement tough to counter. The ball uprooted the off stump and the anguish on Vince’s face was telling. On another look, it showed that the crack had a part to play in that deflection.’Every time you look at that delivery, it just gets better and better’ #Ashes pic.twitter.com/ED9xzRCYsR- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 17, 2017Talking about the ball, a frustrated Vince said that he would have been out to that delivery even if he played it a 20 or 30 more times.”It’s still frustrating to get out, but it’s easier to take than the ones when you feel like you’re at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, it would get me out every time. Give him credit there, sweep it under the carpet and move on,” Vince said.advertisement”I said at tea that the ones that had hit the cracks were doing too much and not endangering the stumps, then came that one. You have to put it out of your mind. If it does hit a crack there’s not a huge amount you can do,” the 25-year-old Englishman added. (Ashes 2017: Australia regain the urn after Josh Hazlewood picks five-wicket haul)Starc’s ball left pace great Wasim Akram amazed and he tweeted saying that he has made left-armers proud.”That’s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud!”That�??s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud! @CricketAus- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) December 17, 2017Even England spinner Grame Swann couldn’t stop himself from praising the New South Wales pacer. He went onto add that the ball will get the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Donald Bradman out a 1000 times as well.”People who are saying that it (the ball) is an exaggeration, do not know the game of cricket. Left-arm round 90 miles an hour, seaming more than a guy can spin the ball…that is the best ball I’ve ever seen live in Test cricket. People say it is not because it hit a crack, Shane Warne’s ball of the century landed in a foot hole,” he said to cricinfo.”Get some perspective…that ball is getting Sachin Tendulkar out 1000 times out of 1000, it is getting Sir Donald Bradman out 1000 times out of 1000. Steve Smith 1000 out of 1000. It is unplayable. I’m flabbergasted at how good the ball was,” Swann added.Australia went onto win the Test match by an innings and 41 runs and regain the Ashes with two matches to spare.Don’t forget ‘The Glue’ of the FBU, @mitchmarsh235 ! �???�???�[email protected] @NathLyon421 @mstarc56 @MitchJohnson398 pic.twitter.com/a5VIn19Q2B- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Aussies�?�� �??��??��??��??��??��??��??� brilliant performance #ashes17 �?���?��- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 18, 2017Unbelievable feeling to get the urn back! A credit to all the players and support staff for their hard work. Thanks to the Australian fans for all their support. Looking forward to Boxing Day! #ashes- Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) December 18, 2017last_img