On the third day of the WACA test between Australia and New Zealand, Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was on the verge of creating history. Starc bowled the quickest ball in the history of test cricket, at 160.4 km/hr. It could have breached the 100 mph barrier, but the ball stood at 99.67mph. It was a feat for which Starc was duly applauded.
However, Craig McMillan, New Zealand’s batting coach had his own doubts. McMillan, who officially faced the quickest delivery in the history of the game from Shoaib Akhtar said that he doubted if the ball was really at 160 km/hr.
“I don’t know, maybe someone in the truck was having a bit of fun but that delivery came out of nowhere and looked pretty similar to a lot of deliveries throughout the day that were closer to 150 than 160,” McMillan said. “I’m not sure if maybe the wrong button was pushed, but you’d have to ask Rossco whether it felt 10kph quicker than any other delivery he faced.”
“It felt more like 181 to be fair, Shoaib Akhtar at his quickest,” said McMillan. “No, it just felt like a normal delivery. It was in different circumstances. I’d have to say I was a bit surprised when it came up on the TV because a couple of the spinners’ deliveries were quite high as well. Maybe there was a technical problem down in the truck,” McMillan said.
Starc responded to McMillan in his own style as he challenged the Kiwi batting coach to face him in the nets. “Happy for him to face me in the nets tomorrow if he wants,” said a cheeky Mitchell Starc.
“I was trying to bowl quick. It was nice to have a nice run-up in and not have to jump up to the square, have a nice breeze” Starc said. “It was all sort of working nicely for the left-armers at this end. Nice to have some rhythm, have the ball coming out nicely. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a couple of wickets to go with it,” Starc said.