Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc cleans up James Vince with stunning delivery hailed as 'ball of the century'

Is this the ball of the century?

FirstCricket Staff, Dec,17 2017

Arguably one of the best bowlers in the world right now, Mitchell Starc is a fairly common name when one thinks of toe toe-crushing yorkers these days. Over the years, he has conjured up magic deliveries out of nowhere, cleaning up batsman just when it seems they have weathered the storm.

The left-arm pacer has been in top notch form during the ongoing Ashes Down Under, where his pace has often been too much for the England's batsman to handle.

Already 2-0 ahead in the series, Australia on Saturday inched closer to reclaiming the Ashes, after reducing England 132 for 4 on Day 4.

However, England's No 3, James Vince tried his best to fightback with a well-compiled half-century, and looked set to continue in the same vein, until he faced this delivery from Starc.

The delivery, which Starc bowled from around the wicket, angled in to the right-handed Vince but straightened after hitting a crack on the pitch, cleaning up Vince, who predictably had no clue as to what happened.

The ball, which took the wicket of Vince, is already being called 'ball of the 21st century,' with former England spinner Graeme Swann saying Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar too would have had no answer for this delivery, and would have been out 1000 out of the 1000 times had he faced this delivery.

What do you say, is this the ball of the century?

Published Date: Dec 17, 2017 | Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017




RankTeamPointsRating
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2South Africa3888111
3Australia4174104
4New Zealand3489100
5England482999
6Sri Lanka405894
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1South Africa6386120
2India6680119
3England6320115
4New Zealand6404114
5Australia6012113
6Pakistan481196
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2Pakistan2843124
3India3385121
4England2029119
5West Indies2538115
6South Africa2238112

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