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, December 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: December 17, 2017 | Updated Date: December 17, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7102 116
4 New Zealand 6782 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3940 119
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114