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?

Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114